Cavs Report: Team continues to eye moves for a big man
CLEVELAND — Random items on the Cavaliers, who have won 11 of 14 since their 5-7 start:
1. As reported, the Cavs had an interest in Memphis Grizzlies center/forward Kosta Koufos, the former Ohio State star and Canton GlenOak product. But the Grizzlies won’t just give him away, as Koufos is a valuable big off the bench for a winning team. Right now, it appears the Cavs don’t have the proper parts to sway the Grizzlies into a deal.
2. Cavs fans got a closer look at Koufos in Sunday’s 106-91 win over the Grizzlies. He finished with eight points and three rebounds in 24 minutes.
3. Dion Waiters scored 21 points off the bench for the Cavs in that game, and his name was linked to some of those reports involving Kofous. But contrary to semi-popular belief, the Cavs have not been shopping Waiters.
4. The Cavs did take part in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves about swingman Corey Brewer (since traded to the Houston Rockets). But league sources said those talks never reached the serious stage — as the Wolves were seeking the Cavs’ trade exception and draft picks. The Cavs likely would’ve needed to send back a contract as well.
5. The Cavs also expressed an interest in Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, but the sides haven’t discussed Mozgov "in quite a while," a source told FOX Sports Ohio.
6. Free-agent center Jermaine O’Neal is another big man who’s making rounds on the rumor mill. But don’t anticipate an O’Neal sighting in Cleveland.
7. League sources say the Cavs have an interest in both Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (clearly on the market) and Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (Brook’s twin brother). But salaries would make any sort of move involving the Cavs and either Lopez brother unlikely.
8. Teams in talks with the Cavs have asked about the contract of backup center Brendan Haywood, according to sources. The 13th-year veteran has played just five total minutes this season. Haywood reportedly is due $2.2 million this year, with a team option for a whopping $10.5 million next.
9. As for potential backcourt help, the Cavs hardly feel desperate. They did show an interest in Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, but not nearly to the extent that’s been speculated.
10. The Cavs haven’t heard anything on free-agent guard Ray Allen for a few weeks. Allen, 39, is said to be eyeing a January return — if he decides to play at all.