Teams that hope to be contenders that are currently cash-strapped (the Los Angeles Clippers) and teams that believe they will soon be cash-strapped if they land the free agent they covet (the Cleveland if they are able to sign LeBron James away from the Miami Heat), will be looking to find veterans who can contribute at a discounted rate. The Clippers have had success doing in the past and the Cavaliers will likely have no shortage of veterans wanting to play for them should they sign James.
According to Shams Charania of RealGM, both the Clippers and Cavaliers are interested in Charlotte Hornets’ free agent power forward Anthony Tolliver.
Free agent Anthony Tolliver has been in substantial conversations with six NBA teams – including the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers – as a stretch-forward addition, league sources told RealGM.
Tolliver has also received interest from the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets among other organizations, sources said, and teams expect a possible signing next week.
Tolliver, a former Creighton Blue Jay, has played for the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats (now-Hornets) over his six-year NBA career. He averaged 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game while shooting 42.0% from the field, 41.3% from the field and 80.5% from the charity stripe last season. Back in the 2009-2010 season, Tolliver put up 12.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 43.1% from the floor, 33.1% from three and 76.9% from the charity stripe, but has never come close to having success like that since. He is 29 years old.