Cleveland Cavaliers playing it safe, eyeing LeBron James in free agency

Feb 17, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) guards Cleveland Cavaliers player Kyrie Irving during a game at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers currently hold a 9-31 record and sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

So when Anderson Varejao is playing like a perennial All-Star (when healthy) it’s curious why the team wouldn’t look at swapping the big in exchange for young pieces.

Their cap, however, is the specific reason the Cavs would balk to make any move at the Feb. 21 trade deadline, according to the Akron Beacon Journal Online:

Executives and agents around the league are convinced the Cavaliers won’t do anything to jeopardize their ability to sign a free agent to a max contract during the summer of 2014, when LeBron James can again become a free agent. As fans in Northeast Ohio continue to howl and remain divided about the possibility of his return, more and more people around the league believe there is a strong possibility James will indeed return to Cleveland after next season.

So what does this have to do with Varejao?

Varejao’s contract has just $8 million this season and $9 million next season before Cleveland has a team option on the big.

The team doesn’t want to give up Varejao for nothing, They also don’t want to take on massive salary either. So the Cavs will most likely sit tight and await James’ impending free agency.

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