Tuesday , Jun , 09 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers to Pursue Hedo Turkoglu, Rasheed Wallace?

The Cavs know they must get more athletic in the backcourt. Trevor Ariza may be available, but it’s hard to imagine the Lakers allowing him to walk away — especially if they win a title. Hedu Turkoglu could become a free agent if he opts out of the final year of his contract. Word is Detroit may have an interest if he doesn’t remain with Orlando. Detroit (after taking Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson off the books) and Oklahoma City are expected to be two of the few teams spending big this summer.

Guess what? The Cavs may have an interest in Wallace on a short deal. They need more size, and they’d like a big man who can shoot. At 6-11, Wallace can defend when the mood strikes him. He remains a good shooter. He will be 35 in September, and seemed distracted in his final season with the Pistons, yet still averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds. He has some nagging injuries, but one theory is coming to a contending team in the same division as Detroit could inspire him. Cavs assistant John Kuester was with the Pistons and Wallace for a few years and likes the power forward/center.