April 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) reacts after being called for a foul during the second quarter against the New Orleans Hornets at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hornets 98-88. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Golden State Looking to Clear Cap Space. Cavs Capitilize?

March 25, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12, left) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12, right) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As many rumors have come to our conscious this NBA Off-Season it has been cleared that the Cleveland Cavaliers have put themselves in position to be either in the center or at least involved. With gobs of cap space, young talented players and many future draft picks the Cavs have many ways in which they can get involved in trades they feel will improve their team. The Dwight Howard free agency decision is holding up many decisions this off-season. Word leaked late tonight that the Golden State Warriors have started placing calls trying to clear cap space to sign Howard directly, without having to get the Los Angeles Lakers to agree to a sign and trade. The Cavs have some cap space to get involved. There are 3 players the Warriors may look to move who have high salary but are on expiring contracts. The Cavs could have different levels of interest in each for different reasons:

Andrew Bogut

The Cavs could look to acquire Bogut for little more then a 2nd round pick. Bogut could provide a solid defensive presence at the center position. A rim protector has been noted by many as a need for the Cavs. Adding Bogut to Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller in the Cavs center rotation. The Cavs would not risk future cap space acquiring Bogut, but could add to a roster that is seeking their first playoff appearance since Lebron James left the team. If the Warriors were able to acquire Howard, Bogut would be a causality they would be fine making. The Cavs could benefit from this.

Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson

Different from Bogut the Cavs would have less on the floor interest in these players, though they could be useful. Instead the Cavs could have interest in using their cap space to acquire one or both of these players only as a way to acquire other assets. The Warriors will be looking to retain their young core of Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, instead may look to sweeten the deal for the Cavs by adding in future 1st round pick(s). The Cavs will not sacrifice their cap space only for these players but GM Chris Grant always looks for ways to improve both the current and future team. Look for him to take advantage of the Warriors need to clear space to sign their FA target.

Tags: 2013 NBA Off-Season Andrew Bogut Dwight Howard Golden State Warriors NBA Off-season NBA Rumors

comments powered by Disqus