The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted a tryout for backup point guards and/or wing players on Wednesday. Free agents Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, Lance Stephenson, and Jordan Farmar participated with the latter a last-minute addition.
While head coach Tyronn Lue stated that the tryout went well prior to the Cavs beat down of the Timberwolves Wednesday night, nothing more was made of it. On Thursday, cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon reported that Farmar has emerged as the leader if the Cavs were to sign one of the four players. He was supposedly told that if the team signed one of the players it would be him without another tryout needed.
Chalmers seemed to have the best chance to make the Cavs due to the fact that he is the only one who has played with Cavaliers star LeBron James. Chalmers was James’ point guard with the Miami Heat from 2011-14. However, both Chalmers and Hinrich reportedly refuse to sign 10-day contracts and want a guaranteed deal for the rest of the season. Farmar and Stephenson are open to signing the short deal to attempt to play their way into the longer contract. The Cavs only have one open roster spot, so they desire flexibility moving forward. A player might be waived or bought out before the March 1 deadline or the Cavs could acquire a player ahead of the February 23 trade deadline.
Farmar is also the only one to play in the NBA this season. The 30-year-old played in two games for the Sacramento Kings before being waived when Darren Collison returned from suspension. In 2015, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 assists per game in 12 games after signing a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. In his 10 years in the NBA, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard has averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from beyond the arc in 504 games (40 starts). He hasn’t played over 41 games in a season since 2012-2013.
The Cavs need a backup point guard to take some of the burden off both James and Kyrie Irving, could Farmar really be the answer?