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…
Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
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.
But there’s only one reason to prioritize a 10-day contract over a rest-of-season deal: money — and we know how far that argument goes with LeBron James.
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.
It’s one thing for Lou Williams to bounce the ball between the legs of a stationary defender.
It’s another to do it in the scramble of transition.
I’m not sure whether Trey Burke fell because Williams got him so off balance or because Burke’s pride was hurt.
Yes, the Warriors beat the Clippers. But what Blake Griffin did to Kevon Looney?
In the grand tradition of Dwight Howard‘s former teammates trash-talking him, Patrick Beverley went after his former Rockets teammate last night.
Howard responded with a hard screen.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will not play against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore right knee.
San Antonio is already without Pau Gasol, its starting center, who underwent surgery Jan. 20 to repair a broken left ring finger. Gasol broke his fourth metacarpal Jan. 19 while warming up before the Spurs’ home game against Denver. The 7-footer was expected to miss four to six weeks due to the injury.
San Antonio has used a rotation of Dewayne Dedmon, David Lee and Davis Bertans to start in Gasol’s place.
Aldridge has missed three games this season, including two for rest. The 6-foot-11 forward is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in his second season with the Spurs.
San Antonio enters Thursday night’s game at 37-10, the league’s second-best record behind Golden State (42-7).