The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to land a couple of free agent target LeBron James’ former teammates, according to ESPN.
After shedding nearly $22 million in cap space in a proposed three-team trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers are also pursuing free agent shooting guard Ray Allen and forward Mike Miller, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.
It’s a no-brainer move for the Cavs to go after these guys while they pursue James.
Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick has reported that Allen and James are friends and that Ray wants to play wherever LeBron is.
Skolnick also spoke with Allen in June where the sharpshooter downplayed the importance of playing in a glamorous city, so a move from Miami to Cleveland wouldn’t seem to be a problem for him.
If LeBron is coming to Cleveland, than expect Allen to want as well. And from the Cavs perspective, why wouldn’t they want the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
As for Miller, LeBron has spoken glowingly about his teammate of three seasons to Skolnick.
People don’t understand how instrumental Mike Miller was to our team…Yeah, he was just that stable guy. I mean, Mike, everything that he went through, both injuries and being in and out of the lineups, and not one day did he ever come to work with an ‘I don’t want to be here’ attitude. Like never. And we all respected that.
For LeBron, playing alongside Miller next season is something he can’t do in Miami. With the Heat amnestying Miller prior to last season, they cannot re-sign him until after the 2014-15 season.
Reuniting James with Miller while also allowing him to continue playing with Allen is sure to further entice LeBron to head home to Cleveland.
While it once seemed extremely far-fetched, LeBron joining the Cavaliers continues to look more and more likely.
Miller averaged 7.1 points on 48.1 percent shooting from the field with the Memphis Grizzlies, while Allen averaged 9.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting from the field with the Heat last season