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Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Emeka Okafor Could Be Next Target

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY

The Cleveland Cavaliers may not be finished stocking the pantry. According to ESPN reporter Marc Stein, the team may possibly sign free agent Emeka Okafor. The Cavs probably won’t do this until the middle of the season, but it’s an appealing option to say the least.

Okafor missed the entire 2013-14 season with a neck injury, but if this rumor is true he might just be the valuable rim protector LeBron James, err, GM David Griffin, is in need of and allegedly looking for. For his career, Okafor has averaged 1.7 blocks per game to go along with nearly 10 rebounds. I would say that he is just what the doctor ordered.

Okafor played his last season in the NBA in 2012-13 with the Washington Wizards. In 79 games for the Wizards, Okafor averaged 9.7 points per game, 8.8 rebounds and one blocked shot per game.

The big question is whether the Cavaliers should sign him now or wait until midseason. I understand the thought behind waiting until midseason, but if Stein’s report is to be believed then there are several teams interested in signing Okafor. The Cavaliers desperately need a rim protector; Okafor is that guy and they should sign him now before they lose out.

Just imagine a bench with bigs Tristan Thompson, Shawn Marion and Okafor to go alongside all the shooters James has recruited and you have to marvel at what James has put together in Cleveland. Only time will tell if this will all work out, but if it does then hat tip to James!