Report: Cavaliers signing A.J. Price

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Kyrie Irving will obviously get the first crack at playing point guard for LeBron James and Kevin Love, but who will back him up?

Matthew Dellavedova is probably the most talented player in contention, but I think he’s more suited to playing shooting guard. There, his scoring ability works a little better, and his passing and ball-handling turn into huge plusses.

John Lucas III and Chris Crawford both play point guard, but Lucas’ salary is fully unguaranteed, and Crawford has a very small guarantee. There’s a decent chance both get waived before the season.

So, the Cavaliers are bringing in another option.

Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer:

The Cavs will bring veteran point guard A.J. Price to training camp.

Like with Lou Amundson, it sounds as if Price will receive an unguaranteed contract.

Price, 27, has played five NBA seasons – three with with the Pacers, one with the Wizards and one with the Timberwolves. In Minnesota last season, he played just 3.5 minutes per game in 28 contests. The Timberwolves even cut him with fewer than two weeks left in the season.

He’s a decent-enough passer, and his defense can be solid. But his poor shooting – 38 percent from the field, 32 percent on 3-pointers – really limits his effectiveness.

The Cavaliers’ depth chart gives Price a chance to make the team, either as the backup or No. 3 point guard. But you have to think Cleveland will keep looking for answers behind Irving.