Tayshaun Prince being targeted by Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency

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We are not even finished with the first day of NBA Free Agency and already so much has happened.

Jimmy Butler signed a $90M deal with the Bulls, the Raptors got DeMarre Carroll away from their Eastern Conference rivals the Hawks for $60M and Danny Green decided to stay with the San Antonio Spurs. Meanwhile, both Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis both signed deals worth over $100M. It was a great day for agents.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been doing some business of their own with Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson both re-signing with the beaten NBA Finalists. But the Cavs have another target in their sights.

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The Prince

According to a report from Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, LeBron James would love to have a couple more veterans who know what it takes to win a title on the Cavs roster and it seems that Tayshaun Prince is the man they want.

Prince played for multiple teams in 2014 and it looks like LeBron the GM wants him to add some depth to Cleveland's rotation.

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"In an effort to shore up wing depth, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reached out to the representatives of free agent small forward Tayshaun Prince, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group," Haynes wrote.

However, it seems that Prince isn't a major priority right now, what with the Cavaliers wanting to lock down Love and Thompson to their big-money, long-term deals today as a point of urgency, with new signings taking a backseat for the time being.

"At this juncture in the free-agency period, the Cavaliers have other matters to tend to before filling out their roster. Prince and the Cavaliers will resume dialogue at a later time, I’m told," he added.

Worthwhile Veteran

Prince started last season in Memphis, was traded to Boston and then was shipped on to Detroit where he proved that despite coming up to 36-years of age he can still do a very good job in limited minutes.

In 2014, Prince averaged 7.5 points per game and shot 46 percent from three, which when combined with his remaining defensive skills, makes him a decent player to have around. Prince was part of the 2004 NBA Champions Pistons teams that prided themselves on good defense and grit, exactly the kind of characteristics LBJ wants in the locker room.


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