INDEPENDENCE -- Its the week of the NBA trading deadline, and if youre a soon-to-be free agent, you can expect your name to hit the rumor mill.
The Cavaliers have several players who fit that description, and none are bigger than power forward Marreese Speights.
Technically, Speights wont become a free agent unless he decides to exercise the option on his contract at seasons end. It gives him the ability to opt out and seek a bigger deal.
In the world of pro sports, thats almost always a no-brainer. Particularly if you contribute like Speights has with the Cavs.
Since arriving in a trade with Memphis last month, Speights has added a veteran presence and a little bit of an edge off the bench. In 10 games with Cavs, hes averaging 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds, and is shooting 86 percent from the free-throw line.
So, yes, other teams would love to get their mitts on the guy. Thats especially true of playoff-bound teams that could use him as an end-of-season loan of sorts -- then al...