Anthony Tolliver might be coming back to Cleveland. Yes, Tolliver was a Cavalier for one day as he made the opening night roster because in 2007 Sasha Pavlovic had not been signed yet. The 6-foot-8-inch power forward may just be on his way back to Cleveland.
Tolliver has lifetime averages over four years of 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. After playing in 65 games the first two seasons of his career, the next two he played a total of 116 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota is still looking to retain Tolliver, but the Cavaliers are on the hunt for him.
Last season the power forward played in 51 games with the Timberwolves, averaging 4.1 points and 3.0 rebounds. The 6′ 8″, 240-pound Tolliver didn’t shoot so well in his fourth NBA season, shooting at a 39.0 percent clip from the field, 24.8 percent from three and 74.5 percent from the free throw line.
If the Cavaliers are serious about acquiring Tolliver, I could definitely see him fitting into the second quarter reserve lineup that the Cavaliers usually go with. He’s a high-energy player who could provide grear relief to Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao.
I don’t think the Cavaliers should spend time trying to get Tolliver, however. Cleveland already invited undrafted free agent Kevin Jones from West Virginia to play in the Summer League and offered him a three-year contract. Jones averaged 20.1 points and 11.1 rebounds his senior season.
The Mountaineer power forward is a much better and cheaper choice if the Cavaliers want to bulk up the four position. Tolliver may be an aggressive player, but Jones being 20 pounds heavier makes him more viable at the power forward position than Tolliver. I doubt the Cavaliers will land Tolliver, as they are distracted enough with the Howard trade business and with trying to acquire Derek Fisher.