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2012 NBA Free Agency: Cavaliers Not Likely To Pursue Big Men

With the acquisition of Tyler Zeller, a legit seven-footer, through the NBA Draft Thursday night, the Plain-Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer says the Cleveland Cavaliers are unlikely to pursue any free agent centers like Roy Hibbert or Brook Lopez.

Boyer says that although the Cavaliers will have $20 million or so in cap space this offseason, both Hibbert and Lopez are likely too expensive for Cleveland's tastes.

The Cavs should feel confident going forward with Zeller, who spent four years at North Carolina and averaged nearly 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and 77.4 percent from the free-throw line for his career.

In other words: he'll be ready to contribute immediately. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters both are skilled at getting to the rim, and Irving showed an ability to shoot off the dribble this season, so Zeller should see plenty of opportunities in pick-and-roll situations.

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