JORDAN Farmar has emerged the frontrunner in the Cleveland Cavaliers free-agent minicamp held on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) in its search for a playmaker to help LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
A source told ESPN that Farmar was assured by Cavs management that he would be their first choice based on his impressive workout.
Also working in Farmar’s favor is his willingness to sign a 10-day contract with the luxury tax-hampered Cavaliers. Another candidate, swingman Lance Stephenson, is also open to such a deal, according to a source.
Point guards Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich, on the other hand, will only sign a guaranteed contract to join Cleveland, the source added.
Chalmers was considered the favorite based on his experience playing with James during the Maiami Heat’s four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals from 2011-2014.
Cleveland is believed to be keeping its options open until the Feb. 23 trade deadline and is intent on keeping a roster spot available for possible free agents who would be let go by their teams. To be eligible for the playoffs, any player who has appeared in an NBA game this season must be waived (or bought out) by March 1.
A source told ESPN the Cavs will likely trade injured big man Chris "Birdman" Andersen in attempts to clear up another roster spot.
The 30-year old Farmar has career averages of 7.7 points and 2.9 assists in 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, L.A. Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.
The Cavaliers currently have 11 active players in the roster, following injuries to Andersen, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love.