INDEPENDENCE, Ohio--A man known for being a wheeler-dealer at the trade deadline saw the deadline pass without a move made--at least for now.
However, GM David Griffin might still have a move or two up his sleeve. Point guard Deron Williams reportedly was waived on Thursday by Dallas and center Andrew Bogut was traded to the 76ers, who are expected to buy out his contract. Both of those players could be targets for the Cavaliers as free agents.
In his two years running the Cavaliers, Griffin has pulled off some substantial moves near the league's trade deadline. Last year, he acquired Channing Frye at the deadline and the year before added J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov at the deadline. Three of those players, when healthy, are part of the Cavs regular rotation.
This year's big move might have already happened by adding sharp-shooter Kyle Korver in early January. Griffin also signed forward Derrick Williams to a second, 10 day contract on Wednesday and traded injured Chris Andersen to free up a roster spot. The Cavs acquired Korver from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guard/forward Mike Dunleavy, guard Mo Williams, cash considerations and a protected first round draft pick (first possible pick is Cleveland's 2019 first round pick) in early January.
However, Griffin might not be done. There are several players that are rumored to having their contracts bought out by in the coming days. The Cavs are believed to still be trying to add a big man and or a backup point guard. Candidates for big men are Larry Sanders, Bogut, Anderson Varejao along with possible point guards like Williams, Jose Calderon or Mario Chalmers.
Stretch Run: The Cavs return to action tonight at Quicken Loans Arena against the New York Knicks at 8 pm. for the first game after the NBA All-Star break. The Cavs sit with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 39-16 with 27 games to play in the regular season.