Cleveland Cavaliers News, Trade Rumors: Kyrie’s Backup – Deron Williams Or Mario Chalmers?

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 11/29/16 03:29PM EST
Mario Chalmers
Will the Cleveland Cavaliers push for Mario Chalmers as Kyrie Irving's backup?(Photo : FOXSportsFlorida FOXSportsSun/YouTube)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting atop the Eastern Conference with 13-2 win-loss record. Still, there's a glaring factor lacking on the Cavs' bench - Kyrie Irving's backup. And lately, two names have surfaced - Deron Williams and Mario Chalmers. Who will become part of the Cavaliers, soon?

Deron Williams Scenario

The Cavaliers' payroll is one of the key issues they cannot just decide to sign a new player to fill in the void left by the retirement of Mo Williams. Thus, the best possible scenario would be a trade. Come December 15, free agents who signed last summer become eligible for trade. And one of the names who floated as Cavaliers' option is Dallas Mavericks' Deron Williams.

"I'm just throwing a name out there -- Dallas' Deron Williams is on that list," Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com posted more than a week ago. But who could possibly be placed on the trading table for Williams?

The 32-year old three-time All-Star point guard stands to get almost five and a half million this season. Should Cavaliers push for the trade, Dallas might look to include Kay Felder who could be included in the point guard rotation.

Mario Chalmers Scenario

There are three scenarios LeBron's former Miami Heat teammate would be signed as Kyrie's backup as recently suggested by Vardon. First, if the Cavs won't be able to get their choice by January (or even before the trade deadline ends which normally falls the next Thursday after All-Star Games.

Second, Chalmers must be healthy should the Cavaliers were unable to get sign whoever they are looking for. Based on the recent report from APNews.com, he's on his way to full recovery, "Right now, I can pretty much do everything. I've been on the court the last two, three months just working on getting back. I'm back to sprinting, running and jumping."

Last but equally important, Chalmers must agree in accepting the league minimum salary. Should Chalmers agree, the 30-year old 6'2" point guard will receive the equivalent of the remaining months based on the CBA Minimum Annual Salary Scale.



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