Tag: Alex Kirk

Cleveland Cavaliers v Memphis Grizzlies

Report: Cavaliers, perhaps willing to trade Dion Waiters, target Kosta Koufos


The Cavaliers have made no secret about the desire to upgrade their center depth.

A six-game win streak doesn’t eliminate that need.

Timofey Mozgov was Cleveland’s first well-publicized target. But with Mozgov content in Denver and locked up for next season, the Nuggets probably aren’t trading him.

So, the Cavaliers are aiming a little lower.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Cleveland, sources say, has been inquiring with the Memphis Grizzlies about the available of reserve center Kosta Koufos among their various trade pursuits.

Sources say that the Cavs are well aware landing a quality big man likely depends on selling on potential trade partners to take back polarizing shooting guard Dion Waiters. Cleveland rates Waiters’ talent highly, but sources maintain that the Cavs have let a number of teams know they are prepared to surrender him if they can acquire a difference-making center in return.

Koufos, by contrast, is an unrestricted free agent next summer whose camp, sources say, has made it known to Grizzlies management that it has less than pleased with the limited role carved out for the 7-footer over the past two seasons.

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Koufos for Waiters straight up would work under the league’s cap rules, and that would be an intriguing deal. Cleveland could also absorb Koufos with its trade exception.

This could be related to the Cavaliers’ reported interest in Tayshaun Prince, though any Prince-to-Cleveland deal would get complicated. The best I can come up with: Prince and Koufos for Waiters, Lou Amundson, James Jones and Alex Kirk. The Grizzlies would have to waive Kalin Lucas first. Cleveland would have to use $3 million of its $5,285,817 trade exception. And the deal couldn’t happen until Dec. 19. Otherwise, it seems viable.

Koufos, averaging 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game, is posting his lowest numbers in four years. With Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph healthy, the Grizzlies just don’t have much use for him.

But how much do they need a shoot-first guard with selfish tendencies? Waiters is talented, and it might be worth buying low on a young player under contract for next season. But for a Grizzlies team trying to win now, I wouldn’t risk disrupting chemistry and sacrificing frontcourt depth just to get Waiters.

LeBron James leaves Cavaliers rookies hanging out to dry (video)

Cleveland Cavalier's Scrimmage

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Rookies Joe Harris and Alex Kirk entered the court a little early prior to the Cavs’ Wine & Gold scrimmage on Oct. 1. They were pranked by LeBron James, who told them to lead the team onto the floor, but then he held back everyone else.

LeBron gets no points for originality. Effectiveness? Perfect 10. The classics are classics for a reason.

Cavaliers sign undrafted Chris Crawford to two-year contract

Chris Crawford

He’s not Ray Allen, but the Cavaliers might have found another guard.

Chris Crawford didn’t generate much draft buzz after four years at Memphis. He scored 20 points in his summer-league debut with the Rockets and then fell off.

But somewhere along the way, he impressed Cleveland.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

A 6-foot-4 guard, Crawford made 37 percent of his 3-pointers in college. He also shot just 9-for-35 (26 percent) in summer league, though that’s a small sample.

I have to think that’s the skill that intrigues the Cavaliers. In most areas, Crawford is unspectacular, though decent.

Will he make the roster, though?

As I see it, Cleveland already has 13 players mostly locked in:

  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Love
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Anderson Varejao
  • Dion Waiters
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Mike Miller
  • Shawn Marion
  • James Jones
  • Matthew Dellavedova
  • Brendan Haywood
  • Joe Harris
  • Dwight Powell

John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas, Erik Murphy and Alex Kirk also loom with small or no salary guarantees. Lucas, Thomas and Murphy – acquired from the Jazz for use in a later trade – still hold value for their ability to facilitate deals. I’m not sure whether the Cavaliers will keep any of those three into the season to lengthen the window for making such a follow-up trade, but that could squeeze out Crawford.

NBA teams can assign a few players waived before the regular season to their D-League team as long as another D-League team doesn’t hold their rights. This allows an NBA team to more closely control a player’s development, but other NBA teams are free to sign that player.

Crawford might be a candidate for that route, but if he were definitely headed to the Canton Charge, there would be no point of giving him a two-year contract. Though I suspect that second year is fully unguaranteed, it indicates Cleveland’s openness to keeping him on the NBA roster.

Kirk is in the same boat, and likely both wind up waived and in the D-League. But there’s still a chance either plays his way onto the NBA roster.

Of course, if Ray Allen decides to suit up for the Cavaliers, they’ll find room for him much more easily.