Catching Up With Eric Moreland: Assessing His Fit With The Cleveland Cavaliers

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Eric Moreland has still been on the radar for King James Gospel. He should be on the radar for the Cleveland Cavaliers as well.

Sep 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and general manager David Griffin talk to the media during media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers do need a point guard. However, they also need a big man. That big man should be Eric Moreland, an affiliate player for the Cavs who plays for the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ exclusive NBA D-League affiliate.

While the trade market is fun to speculate about, like the stock market it’s hard to say with certainty what will be borne out of a franchise’s attempt to attain more talent. Meanwhile, in free agency there’s a simplicity present that’s not possible in trying to come up with trade packages for players. While the franchise will have to waive one player if the team’s roster is full, the team signs a player that they have interest in with certainty.

While signing Moreland likely wouldn’t come until January 5th, the date that players can start signing 10-day contracts, he should garner significant interest from a team that’s exclusively affiliated and has a major void to fill in their frontcourt. While already thin in the frontcourt, reserve center Chris Andersen went down with a torn ACL this month and is out for the season.

That leaves just Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye and Kevin Love as the only true frontcourt players. Although LeBron James, Richard Jefferson and others will play power forward in small ball lineups, there’s little the team can do to defend opposing team’s big, burly and athletic systems besides alternate Thompson and Frye as defenders.

Thompson, who seems stronger this year, has improved his post defense and Frye is about as lanky as they come. Nonetheless, Thompson is still a 6-foot-9 center and undersized while Frye lacks the strength and athleticism to battle against some of the better centers in the league.

The two biggest factors that come with Moreland being signed are that he’s able to play center and allows the Cleveland Cavaliers to rest Thompson more than they can when the less mobile Frye is their only option against an athletic center.

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