Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have LeBron James back in the fold, the question is whether or not they will deal the last two number one picks, forward Anthony Bennett and swingman Andrew Wiggins in a package to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ star power forward Kevin Love.
Even if the Cavaliers land Love, they will still need a big man to defend the rim. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio offers four free agents - Brendan Haywood, Miami Heat center Greg Oden, Phoenix Suns’ veteran Emeka Okafor and Milwaukee Bucks’s big man Ekpe Udoh as players who could fill that role. Amico says Haywood “may be motivated to play this season, and if he is, he’ll be an underrated acquisition.”
All four of the players could potentially help the Cavaliers but all four have major injury history.
Haywood did not play in the NBA last season and last suited up for the Charlotte Bobcats (Hornets) in the 2012-2013 season. He played in 61 games, putting up 3.5 point, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 43.1% from the field and 45.5% from the free throw line. Okafor missed the entire 2013-2014 season, but played in every game during 2012-2014 season, averaging 9.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field and 57.1% from the free throw line. Udoh averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 block per game while shooting 39.9% from the field and 63.8% from the free throw line. He played in 41 games. Oden appeared in 29 games for the Heat. He averaged 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game and shot 55.1% from the field and 56.5% from the free throw line.