Report: Cavaliers’ Free Agency Plans May Rest Overseas

FSO’s Sam Amico is reporting that the Cavaliers have interest in a couple of free agents from Bosnia and Russia. From Amico

“Two names associated with the Cavs most: Mirza Teletovic and Alexey Shved.

Teletovic is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Bosnia who spent last season playing in Spain.

Shved is a 6-5 guard from Russia who spent last season playing in his homeland.

Both are on their way to the NBA, having emerged as real options for general manager Chris Grant and the Cavs.

Actually, no less than Teletovic’s agent recently said the Cavs were among Teletovic’s two finalists — with the Nets being the other.

The spectrum is only slightly wider for Shved, who is reportedly considering the Cavs, Timberwolves and Grizzlies.”

In addition, the article talks about the possibility of Cleveland bringing in Michael Redd. Worth a read.

UPDATE: And just like that, the Cavs miss out-


[Related: Semih Erden heading back to Turkey]

  • Bring em in. Can’t possibly be worse than AP, Casspi, and Harangody can they?

  • mgbode

    and let’s not forget Weems (who played last year overseas too)

  • mgbode

    Casspi will hopefully rebound his 3pt shooting numbers. at least there is some hope with him.

  • mgbode


    2 things that stick out the most on his resume is that he has short arms (wingspan) and that the Russian league is apparently much more defensive than the Euro (his numbers drop in the Russian league and I’ve seen this with other prospects too).

    and this passage is promising:

    Shved play, it’s tough not to be enamored with the terrific talent he displays,
    particularly his ability to play the pick-and-roll and operate in the open
    floor. He’s got great size for either backcourt position at 6-5 and is an
    extremely fluid, creative player with the ability to create his own shot, which
    is rare for a European prospect.

  • Jack

    Maybe we can poach that Semih Erden guy from Anadolu Efes is Turkey…hear he’s pretty good…

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think he’ll get up around 35% this season, which is respectable. Cavs will have two creative players in Irving and Waiters, so you’d think Casspi will get a couple more open looks (although it seemed like the wide open ones were the ones he always missed). He’s primed for a bounce-back season.

  • Flash

    Sved seems like a player Byron Scott would absolutely hate. Poor shot selection, poor defense

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    San Antonio midwest?

  • mgbode

    but good in transition, good passer, and can create his own shot. definitely a player Scott would love at times and hate at times it seems.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If he can’t get better after last year he never will.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Was he straight up ballin’ verse the Ukraine I mean when you saw him play was he that good?

  • cmm13

    Nah…South Toronto.

  • eldaveablo

    The disheartening thing about Casspi is how many wide open 3s he missed last year. I love your theory, but last year he just seemed to be terrible – wide open or not.

  • mgbode

    do they allow the Ukraine in the Russian league since they broke off from the USSR? would they want in?

    anyways, I have been straight that the only thing I know on the Euro prospects is what is written. I even posted a scouting report on Shved above. all I have is the 2nd hand knowledge, but I’m not going to vacation in Moscow just to watch these guys play 🙂

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
    They leave the west behind
    And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
    That Geogie’s always on my my my my my my my my my mind
    Oh, come on
    Hu hey hu, hey, ah, yeah
    Yeah, yeah, yeah
    I’m back in the USSR

    You are a wiley one mr. mgbode I’ll give you that unlike this Steve guy who is stalking me with all these facts around here. Have you two met ‘cuz I think you’d get along well with all your facts and such. And what, I’m ashamed you won’t travel to Moscow for your beloved Cavaliers. And you call yourself a fan!!!

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Just watched Shved play against Nigeria in an Olympic qualifier and I was impressed. He has a nice stroke and can definitely shoot the ball. He’s got a solid handle and some point guard abilities (he played PG for Russia, not SG). Made some excellent passes, but has a tendency to get caught in the air before deciding where to pass. He looked somewhat lost on defense and will need to improve there… maybe gambles a bit too much too. Converted his late free throws. I’d definitely be in favor of the Cavs signing him.