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Cleveland Cavaliers eyeing veteran big men as rim protectors

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a rim protector, that much is certain, but the question is where will they find the help that they need and will it come from within the roster or outside in free agency?

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports the Cavaliers have their eye on a “younger guy” and a guy “who’s been around the block”, meaning that Tristan Thompson could be getting some help in the near future from a veteran big man.

I can’t get any names on that Todd. As I reported last week, I do know they had an eye on a younger guy, as well as a guy “who’s been around the block” a little. But they won’t give specifics, likely because the guys are free agents and it might be bad for business to put the names out there…

..That’s a good question. I think Tristan is a decent NBA rim protector, but the Cavs would like to get another one who strikes actual fear in opponents around the basket. Tristan is decent, though. His contract situation is very interesting. This will be a big year for him as far as that goes.

Tristan Thompson is a great asset to have, but the Cavaliers need to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to become title contenders. They need a rim protector and Thompson might not be the only option they can consider moving forward.

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