NBA Free Agency has begun. Omer Asik has been offered a contract valued at over $2.68 million per point averaged last season (avg'd 3.1 ppg, contract 3 yrs 25.1M). Roy Hibbert received a contract offer equivalent to what LeBron is being paid. Dwight Howard wants to be traded because he reportedly feels he's been blackmailed into picking up his final year with Orlando, and our guy Gody already received a qualifying offer. Which leads me to the Cavaliers who extended that offer to Luke on Friday.
So far, the list of Free Agents being targeted by the Cavaliers looks like this as far as I can tell:
Alonzo Gee: The Cavaliers extended a $2.7 million qualifying offer to swingman Alonzo Gee on Friday, meaning the team can match any offer he receives in order to keep the restricted free agent. Gerald Wallace is a 6-7 SF who's 29 years old. He averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds last season. The Brooklyn Nets just offered Wallace 4 years, $40 million. I can't see paying Gee more than the $4 million per year we discussed back in May, but somebody might. Things are crazy out there right now.
Luke Harangody: The Cavs made a $1 million qualifying offer to forward Luke Harangody on Friday as well. He won't get any other offers, most likely, but a guaranteed million is a job well done for our favorite flat-top wearing Forward. He put in some serious work last season, and it seems he might be rewarded for that by way of one million dollars to play basketball. For what it's worth, Gody also has ties to first round pick Tyler Zeller. Tyler's oldest brother Luke Zeller also played at Notre Dame when Harangody was there.
Semih Erden: The Cavs extended a qualifying offer to center Semih Erden too, General Manager Chris Grant announced from Cleveland Clinic Courts on Saturday. Per league and team policy, terms of the offer were not announced. By extending qualifying offers to each player (Gee, Gody, Erden) prior to June 30, Cleveland owns the right to match any offer sheet they may sign with another team. Here's one thing on Erden before you talk about how he won't get any offers: He averaged 3.5 points per game last season. Asik averaged 3.1. He's tall, and therefore somebody else will make an offer to Semih also - bet on that.
Jonny Flynn: After being traded from Houston last season, Flynn finished the year out with the Blazers. I attended a couple of his workouts in the Cleveland area last month. The latest report linking Flynn with the Cavaliers reads like this from CSNNW.com: The unrestricted free agent point guard, Jonny Flynn, has received interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks, a source tells CSNNW.com. Currently the mutual interest is in its beginning stages and no visits have been arranged for the former Syracuse Orangemen standout as of yet. The free-agency period began today and Flynn must wait for the high-profile point guards to find landing spots before more teams begin calling regarding his services. Flynn is only 23 years old and has career averages of 9.2 points, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds per game. Those aren't good numbers for a guy drafted in the top-5, but as a back-up PG? I'd be interested in Flynn for that role in Cleveland.Sonny Weems: Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico tweeted yesterday that Small Forward Sonny Weems is drawing interest from the Cavaliers. Alex Kennedy from Hoopsworld also added that the Celtics, Clippers, and Pistons have shown interest in addition to the Cavs. Weems is a 6-6 Forward who managed his way through the Lockout last season by playing overseas. He proved himself as an NBA player during his time as a Toronto Raptor though, and would be a solid option at SF for the Cavaliers. I'm not sure if he's being viewed as a back-up plan to Alonzo Gee, in the event somebody does throw $6 mil-plus at Gee, or if Weems would be a compliment to Gee, Kevin Jones? and Omri Casspi. That seems like too many SF's, but who knows at this point.
As far as where the Cavaliers contract / roster situation currently stands as a team right now, our good friend Ben Cox put it in laymen's terms over the weekend when he posted the following at WFNY: