Hinrich, Chalmers, Stephenson among free agents set for workouts as Cavs search for playmaker
Mario Chalmers is among the free agents being eyed by the Cavaliers. AP

HEEDING the call of LeBron James for a third playmaker, the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to work out a quartet of free agents that includes the four-time NBA MVP's former Miami Heat teammate Mario Chalmers and a former playoff rival in Lance Stephenson.

League sources told ESPN that veteran point guards Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich and Jordan Farmar as well as swingman Stephenson are scheduled to meet with the Cavaliers in a group session this week.

The defending NBA champions have struggled in January with a 7-8 record and has prompted James to publicly demand Cavs management for reinforcements, specifically a veteran playmaker.

Sources said other free agent prospects are also expected to attend the session. An additional player could be added prior to the All-Star break.

Cleveland currently has one roster spot available. However, the team could add another one should they decide to waive center Chris Andersen, who will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

Of the four players under consideration, the 30-year old Chalmers has experience playing with James. Both were teammates with the Heat for four seasons, winning two championships during that span.

Chalmers has recovered from a right Achilles tear he suffered last March as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. He has career averages of 9.0 points and 3.8 assists.

Farmar has played in two games for the Sacramento Kings this season. He has averaged 7.7 points, 2.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds for his career.

The 26-year old Stephenson has been given a clean bill of health after recovering from a groin injury that required surgery at the start of the season.

Roster constraints forced the New Orleans Pelicans to waive the 6-5 forward valued for his perimeter defense and ability as a playmaker. Stephenson averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds in six games off the bench before his injury.

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A former member of the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks, the 36-year old Hinrich hasn't seen action since the Hawks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last May. The 13-year veteran has career averages of 10.9 points and 4.8 assists and has a 38 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc.

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