Report: Cavaliers want Chandler Parsons if LeBron signs elsewhere

Chandler Parsons is a lot of teams' Plan B this summer.
Chandler Parsons is a lot of teams' Plan B this summer. (USATSI)

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have "strong interest" in Chandler Parsons if they fail to land LeBron James, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Parsons is a restricted free agent, so the Houston Rockets would have the right to match any offer. 

The 25-year-old is a great Plan B for teams that freed up cap space to chase James and Carmelo Anthony. The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly targeting him, with USA Today's Sam Amick describing them as "determined" to add him to the roster. The Los Angeles Lakers would probably also try to get him.

It is unknown whether or not the Rockets would be willing let Parsons go, as they reportedly included him in their pitch to Anthony. If the Cavs could acquire him, though, he'd be a great fit. Parsons would add some much-needed shooting, and his ability to play both forward spots would give David Blatt plenty of lineup flexibility. He hasn't been a consistent defender in the past couple of seasons, but he has elite length and athleticism and can get better on that end.

Kyrie Irving hasn't had a ton of offensive options alongside him in Cleveland, and the offense would likely get a huge boost with Parsons and Andrew Wiggins joining the starting lineup. It'd obviously be a bit of a letdown for a fan base desperate for James' return, but it would still make this a successful summer for the Cavs.

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