Cavs Believed To Have T.J. McConnell, Alex Caruso On Radar

Pacers point guard T.J. McConnell and Lakers guard Alex Caruso are expected to be among the Cavaliers’ top targets this offseason, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.

The Cavs aren’t expected to have any wiggle room under the salary cap this summer but could be “aggressive” in pursuit of free agents with their mid-level exception, Fedor noted.TJ McConnell

McConnell and Caruso will be unrestricted free agents, though the Lakers are expected to try to bring back Caruso.

McConnell also told reporters he would be plenty happy with a return to Indiana.

“I would love to be back here,” McConnell said. “I absolutely love it here. … I don’t have a bad thing to say about anything or anyone.”

Pelicans guard Josh Hart is another potential Cavs target, Fedor wrote, though he is a restricted free agent and New Orleans has the right to match any offer and keep him.

While GM Koby Altman indicated he would like to “supplement” the current roster with smaller moves, the Cavs could also exploring trying to make a “splash” this offseason, Fedor added.

“We know how exciting playoff basketball is,” Spencer Davies of Basketball News quoted a team source as saying. “There’s no better teacher than that experience. We all want our guys to have that experience, and so there’s definitely… there’s a good pressure. I’d say it’s a really good pressure, that ‘let’s see what these guys can do.'”

The Cavs have compiled the NBA’s worst record over the previous three seasons combined, finishing 22-50 in this year. They have yet to make the playoffs without LeBron James during his 18-year career.

League source have repeatedly told HoopsWire the Cavs are hopeful of moving Kevin Love and adding a few new veterans to help push the youth to another level.

The Cavs have not held buyout talks with Love to this point, Fedor reported, and they appear unlikely to waive-and-stretch Love’s remaining contract of two years and $60 million.

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1 COMMENT

  1. T J is a tough guard who plays at a high level. HOWEVER, we don’t need to add another small guard to our already too small backcourt. Caruso is bigger but he has had some health issues. I hope they keep looking at other potential ways to find a big PG to play backup.

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