Report: Cleveland Cavaliers reach out to veteran Tayshaun Prince

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The Cleveland Cavaliers need depth on the wing, and LeBron James would love to have a couple more veterans who know what it takes to win a title on the roster.

Enter Tayshaun Prince. The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached out to him, reports Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

In an effort to shore up wing depth, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached out to the representatives of free agent small forward Tayshaun Prince, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group….

At this juncture in the free-agency period, the Cavaliers have other matters to tend to before filling out their roster. Prince and the Cavaliers will resume dialogue at a later time, I’m told.

 

Prince is going to turn 36 in the middle of next season and he’s got 13 seasons under his belt, but for Stan Van Gundy late last season in Detroit he showed he could still be a relatively useful role player in limited minutes. (Prince started last season in Memphis, was traded to Boston and then was shipped on to Detroit.) Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and shot 46 percent from three, plus his length makes him a passable defender still — he’s a below average player now but probably better than you’d think at this point in his career.

If this is a veteran minimum deal reached after the Cavaliers fill out the roster with guys who can play bigger minutes, that will work. As it stands, the Cavaliers backups at the three and four are Mike Miller (who barely saw the court in the playoffs until David Blatt had no choice) and rookies Cedi Osman, Sir’Dominic Pointer, and Rakeem Christmas. Prince can fit in with that group, but the Cavs might be looking for guys to go above all of them on the depth chart.