Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers who are reportedly interested in signing free agent Mario Chalmers to be their primary backup point guard in the 2016-17 NBA season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers just lost two valuable guards this offseason when Matthew Dellavedova left in free agency and Mo Williams retired. Though they have Kay Felder to backup Kyrie Irving, it will be risky for a defending champion to rely on a rookie.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Felder is the Cavaliers backup point guard, ‘for now’, hinting the possibility that coach Tyronn Lue is still eyeing to upgrade the position.
“Right now we’ll say he’s going to be our backup point guard for right now,” Lue said.
In their preseason games, Kay Felder has managed to start twice and battled against prominent point guards in the league like Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks and Rajon Rondo of the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 assists.
The Cavaliers are reportedly interested with former Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers, who is currently a free agent. This would definitely be a good idea for the Cavaliers since Chalmers has played with LeBron James in Miami and went together in the NBA Finals four times.
“Separate from the Smith saga, rumbles persist that Cleveland has a strong interest in reuniting LeBron James with his old Miami teammate Mario Chalmers when the veteran point guard is sufficiently healthy to return from Achilles surgery in March,” Marc Stein of ESPN wrote.
Pretty real… keep in mind he's a ways away from playing – he likely does not play until January. https://t.co/tNXK67mEmL
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) October 16, 2016
Unfortunately, Mario Chalmers is still recovering from the injury he obtained last season. Reports claim that Chalmers is expected to be back on the court in January where he could help the Cavaliers battle in the 2017 NBA playoffs.
Chalmer’s experience will be advantageous for the Cavaliers as the postseason pressure could be too much for Kay Felder. The 30-year-old point guard is also a superior three-point shooter and defender, which will ease the departure of Matthew Dellavedova.
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