Teams will begin signing free agents on Wednesday, the Cavaliers however, will most likely not. After scoring big by trading for Shaquille O’Neal the Cavs have run into some bad luck. After losing out on Charlie Villanueva to Detroit, Ron Artest to Los Angeles, and Trevor Ariza to Houston, the Cavaliers are making yet another push to sign someone.
That “someone” being Forward, Channing Frye.
Frye met with Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry on Monday at the teams practice facility. Frye said that he enjoyed his visit to Cleveland and it is one of a number of teams he’s considering. Frye has also drawn interest from the Suns, Nuggets, Spurs, Magic, and Wizards.
“I do think I’m a good fit. I think having a big that can create space for LeBron, Shaq and Mo [Williams] can’t hurt,” Frye said via e-mail. “I feel like all the teams have a great opportunity for me to play and for me to contribute, especially [in Cleveland] — to be a part of history.”
The Cavaliers are going to need a big man that can hit jumpers when teams collapse on James and O’Neal and Frye seems like he would be a good fit in the Cavaliers style of play.
Standing at 6’11 Frye can play both the Center and Power Forward positions. However, his lack of strength allows bigger centers to easily take advantage of him. Frye is mainly a pick and pop kind of guy. He loves hitting the mid range jumper from the top of the key. You won’t see Frye driving inside too often. Even when Frye has the advantage on a match up, he prefers to post up and take a turnaround jumper rather than driving the ball inside.
His biggest weakness is defense, his lack of muscle and strength allows players to steamroll him around the basket. It’s not much of an issue when Frye is playing Power Forward but is more of a problem when he is matching up against a center.
The Cavs are showing interest in a number of forwards in free agency. Their primary goal being to resign forward Anderson Varejao. So far the Cavs have had a number of constructive talks with Varejao.
They’ve also shown interest in Shawn Marion, who is likely headed elsewhere. A number of sources reported that the Mavericks were closing in on a sign and trade deal for Marion on Monday and one may get done later this week. Still on the list and very much in contention is Denver Nuggets restricted free agent Linas Kleiza. His agent, Bill Duffy, said Monday the interest is mutual. The sides are expected to continue to have dialogue.
The Cavaliers have also been in contact with a free agent of their own, Wally Szczerbiak. Both Szczerbiak and Varejao have Bird Rights. Meaning that the Cavaliers can resign both of them without using the mid-level exception of $5.6 Million or the bi-annual exception of $2 Million on either player.
It is clear that Cavalier fans are wanting the team to make a move soon. Whether or not the team or GM Danny Ferry gets a deal done will remain to be seen.