After a much slower than expected start to the season, the Cavaliers weren’t about to sit idly by without trying to improve player personnel in order to turn things around.
Doing so would have essentially been a slap in the face to LeBron James, and might have been perceived as willfully wasting his first season back in Cleveland, and one of the few he has left to play while still in his prime.
So, trades have been made — Dion Waiters is gone, and J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have been added to the roster. In addition, the Cavs went out and got Timofey Mozgov in hopes of addressing their glaring need of legitimate frontcourt size, one that existed even before Anderson Varejao went down with a season-ending injury.
The roster stands at 14 players, and all that’s left is to add some additional depth at the point guard position. Kyrie Irving is playing at an All-Star level, but is averaging 38.2 minutes per game. It’s not surprising, then, that the recently-waived Jordan Farmar is someone who Cleveland is taking a long look at as a possible acquisition.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have inquired about recently-waived backup point guard Jordan Farmar, a league source told Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The dialogue was explained as a “feeling-out” process. Farmar, 28, was bought out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. He clears waivers on Sunday. …
He’s very much still a quality backup. He also has ties with Cavaliers coach David Blatt, playing for Blatt in 2011 with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The “quality backup” part remains to be seen; Farmar averaged just 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 14.7 minutes per game for the Clippers this season, while appearing in 36 contests for them off the bench.
But Farmar says the parting of ways was mutual, after his role wasn’t clearly defined and he clashed a bit woth head coach Doc Rivers.
“It just ended up not being a great fit,” Farmar said. “We both decided it was better off that we part ways.” …
“I just never felt I had a real role,” Farmar said. “We talked in the offseason about what my job was going to be. The opportunity just wasn’t the same. It was never time for me to really ever get going and feel comfortable and feel like I had a place on the team.”
There wouldn’t be a ton of minutes available for Farmar in Cleveland initially, but he’d presumably have the opportunity to earn more as the season wears on. Cleveland, however, is expected to take its time in making this decision, and is looking at other candidates, as well, with Nate Robinson being the most prominent name that has surfaced at this stage of the process.