The Cavaliers’ search for a backup point guard/playmaker had them asking about T.J. McConnell of the Philadelhia 76ers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to the Inquirer’s sources, the Cavs called the Sixers about McConnell a few weeks ago, proposing a deal that involved current Cavs shooting guard Jordan McRae.
The Sixers rejected the offer, according to the report.
As the Inquirer noted, “McConnell came into the NBA as an undrafted rookie out of Arizona, battling for a final roster spot. A season-and-a-half later, the point guard has been a major player in the 76ers’ turnaround. And opposing teams are taking notice.”
The defending champions have continued to call teams and explore the D-League in hopes of finding someone to relieve Kyrie Irving and LeBron James of their constant ball-handling duties.
They are also said to be searching for another big man.
Along with McConnell, other names linked to the Cavs include Denver’s Jameer Nelson and Utah’s Shelvin Mack, as well as free agents Mario Chalmers, Jarrett Jack and Norris Cole.
McRae is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard in his first full season with the Cavs. He has played in just 29 of the first 51 games, compiling averages of 4.5 points and 1.2 rebound in 10 minutes a night.
The Cavs (32-14) have won two straight and play at Dallas on Monday.