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With a player option coming at the end of this season, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marreese Speights could be traded for the second time this season.
Marreese Speights has done himself well after being acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, he's done so well that he might have earned himself a bigger contract than his $4.5 million player option that he can pick up following the 2012-13 season.
And that is why the Cavs might be willing to shop the 25-year-old forward. Though the rumor-mill has not had much chatter regarding Cleveland other than the talk of LeBron James' return to the Cavs come the summer of 2014, Marc Stein of ESPN reported a few weeks back that Cleveland was looking to shed some salaries. Speights could be one of them, especially if the team believes he'll become a free agent. Cleveland would attempt to ship off one or both of Omri Casspi and Daniel Gibson in a trade involving Speights.
In 10 games since being dealt from the Memphis Grizzlies, Speights is averaging 13 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Cavs, who are trying to free up cap space could move Speights especially if they get draft picks in return.
After all, Cleveland general manager Chris Grant likes to make trade, reports Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico. He believes the Cavs could also be a third team if the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets get deep into working out a trade involving Josh Smith.