Cavaliers could be interested in Donatas Motiejunas
The Cleveland Cavaliers are short on big men, but they have a replacement in mind. Just days after the Houston Rockets renounced their rights to Donatas Motiejunas, the
The Cleveland Cavaliers are short on big men, but they have a replacement in mind.
Just days after the Houston Rockets renounced their rights to Donatas Motiejunas, the Cavaliers could be the next team on Motiejunas' list. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Amico Hoops), Cleveland may have an interest in the 7-foot forward:
As the Cleveland Plain Dealer suggested, the Cavs may have an interest in forward Donatas Motiejunas, a free agent following a contract standoff with Houston. “[B]ut, again, a roster spot would first need to be cleared,” the Plain Dealer wrote.
The Cavaliers announced on Friday night that Chris Andersen would miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season due to a torn ACL suffered in practice. The team is now down to just three big men in Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye.
In a complicated situation, the Rockets had signed Motiejunas to an offer sheet after the Brooklyn Nets had offered him a contract. Motiejunas then refused to report to the Rockets, before both sides reached a conclusion to go their separate ways.
The Lithuanian big man would be the perfect complement to the Cavaliers considering his ability to convert on jump shots. However, the team faces a pressing tax situation where they would likely need to trade Andersen's $1.5 million contract for cap relief and a roster spot.
The 26-year-old Motiejunas holds career averages of 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 214 appearances and 101 starts.
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