Cavaliers interested in free agent guards McLemore, Thornwell

Shooting guard Ben McLemore is looking for a team after being waived by the Kings at the trade deadline.

Shooting guard Ben McLemore and combo guard Sindarius Thornwell are among the free agents on the Cavaliers’ radar this offseason.

The Cavs remain about $22 million over the salary cap even after waiving J.R. Smith last week. General manager Koby Altman does possess a taxpayer mid-level exception of about $5.7 million and around $5 million in trade exceptions, allowing him to make some small-scale moves.

McLemore, 26, was selected by the Kings with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft. He has also spent time with the Memphis Grizzlies. He was traded back to the Kings, then eventually waived by the team in February.

Overall, McLemore has compiled career averages of 8.8 points and 2.5 rebounds, shooting 42 percent from the floor.

Thornwell appeared in 64 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, his second in the NBA, but wasn’t afford much time. His salary of $1.6 million was to become guaranteed July 20. He was waived by the Clippers two weeksd before that.

The Clippers drafted Thornwell in the second round (No. 48 overall) of the 2017 draft. He averaged just 4.9 minutes per game in 2018-19.

2 Comments on "Cavaliers interested in free agent guards McLemore, Thornwell"

  1. Why more guards? We’ll be the only team in the NBA sporting a starting five made of entirely guards.

    • LOL….I hear you. Makes NO sense at all. We still only have one center on the roster (Anti). I get the league is “currently” moving towards positionless basketball but you still need rim protection and people to bang. We have enough guards.

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