In the category of “f—ing playmaker” for the Cavaliers, the nominees are: Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson, Kirk Hinrich and Jordan Farmar.
And the winner is…
Farmar was given assurances that if anyone was to be signed by the Cavs from the workout, it would be him, a source familiar with the workout told ESPN.
According to a source, Farmar is open to signing a 10-day contract — as is Lance Stephenson — while a league source told ESPN that both Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich would only agree to join the team if the Cavs tendered a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season.
Would Farmar help the Cavs the most? Or is he just the best option of players willing to sign a 10-day deal?
Cleveland will be an appealing destination once players get bought out after the trade deadline. The Cavaliers might be able to add someone better then.
If they sign Chalmers or Hinrich to a rest-of-season deal and a better point guard later becomes available, the Cavs can always waive Chalmers or Hinrich. It’d be more costly than just letting a 10-day contract expire, especially considering the luxury-tax ramifications. But Cleveland wouldn’t be trapped with a full roster.
Maybe Farmar is the best option regardless. Unlike Chalmers and Stephenson, Farmar is clearly healthy. And unlike Hinrich, Farmar played in the NBA this season, spending time with the Kings.
But by delaying to fill their open roster spot, the Cavaliers have already proven finances to be a concern in this process.