We’ve reached the low point in the NBA offseason news cycle, but there are a few tidbits about the Cavaliers that merit our attention.
First, Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes in this news roundup that the Cavs simply don’t know what Jawad Williams’ plans are; there’s “no news” on that front, she says. Because Cleveland extended him a qualifying offer, he is a restricted free agent, and it can match any offer another team makes to him. Williams has spent his entire two-year career with the Cavs and owns averages of 3.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game on 39.3 percent shooting. He spent last season as LeBron James’ backup at small forward.
Also on the free-agent front, guard Quincy Douby is at least interested in joining the Cavs, as he told Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld that his agent is in touch with Cleveland’s management. Douby spent last season overseas. In three NBA seasons split between Sacramento and Toronto, Douby has averaged 4.1 points on 39.3 percent shooting. In the interview with Kennedy, the 6-foot-3 Rutgers product says he’s working to improve his passing skills so he can play more at point guard.
With regard to trades, Boyer’s colleague Brian Windhorst passes this scoop along via Twitter, saying that the Cavs aren’t working on anything at the moment. But he believes Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, and Jamario Moon to all be available at the February trade deadline if the Cavs are already out of the playoff picture; in other words, Cleveland may soon enter a rather drastic rebuilding project, which can’t be too surprising considering James’ departure via free agency. And Windhorst pegs the odds that the Cavs trade Jamison at 60 percent, in response to a reader question.