By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on August 5, 2014
The Cleveland Cavaliers landed this offseason's hottest commodity when the franchise re-signed LeBron James after a four year sabbatical in Miami. As James decided to come back home, he not only joined the Cavaliers, but gained massive amounts of control dictating the team's future moves. A Kevin Love trade appears imminent, so the franchise must now seek players to fill out the remainder of the roster.
Signing an injury prone, 35-year-old center may not be the most appealing option out there, but Jermaine O'Neal has proven he is still capable of contributing on a competitive team. Cleveland lacks a backup center since trading Tyler Zeller a few weeks ago and O'Neal is the perfect fit to fill that void. The savvy veteran's experience is invaluable in itself, especially on a young, blossoming roster.
Very similar to O'Neal, Emeka Okafor is a competent big man who can contribute coming off the bench, or starting as exemplified in his final season as a member of the Washington Wizards. He missed the entire 2013-14 season due to injury, but should be back to full health in time for next season making him a candidate for Cleveland. At 31 years old, Okafor still has a few productive years left in him.
Unlike the previous two free agents, Michael Beasley is a wing player who has made a name for himself on the offensive end of the floor. Headed into last season, Beasley was seeking to resurrect his career after several seasons filled with off-court adversity to nobody's fault but his own. However, under the tutelage of LeBron James, Beasley proved that when his head is on straight, making this move is a no-brainer.
Perhaps the most rumored deal of all has been Ray Allen following in James' footsteps by joining him in Cleveland for a chance at a title. As long as Allen maintains his physique, he will always have the smooth stroke he has been famous for. One wrinkle in this whole situation though, will be Allen's refusal to accept the veteran's minimum so stay tuned.
A recent visitor to Cleveland was veteran SF, Shawn Marion as he continues to mull his future in the league. Marion has made it well-known that he desires to sign on with a contender, making the Cavaliers a logical destination. Much like Allen though, the financial side may play a major factor in any deal. There are numerous teams out there that can offer Marion much more money, so convincing Marion to sign in Cleveland may be nearly impossible.
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