Cavs interested in adding Artest, Ariza

The Cavs love Ariza, but might not be able to afford him unless LeBron pays his salary. (Pic via Getty Images)

The Cavs love Ariza, but might not be able to afford him unless LeBron pays his salary. (Pic via Getty Images)

Having already landed Shaq, the Cavs are in hot pursuit of forwards Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza.

LeBron reportedly met with Artest in L.A. to discuss the possibility of the unrestricted free agent coming to Cleveland.

The Cavs are also pursuing Ariza.  The 24 year-old has balked at the Lakers contract offer, which would pay Ariza about $6 million per season.

There’s just one problem: Cleveland is damn near out of money.

The acquisition of Shaq means the Cavs will be paying over $31 million to its centers – Big Z was already slated to make over $11 million.  That means there is a little over five million dollars remaining to spend on Artest or Ariza.

Artest is said to want a multi-year deal and is unlikely to take a pay cut to play in Cleveland.  Ariza could get more money by staying in LALA land.

Cleveland hasn’t made an official offer to either player as of yet.  Some creative cap management or a trade of Boobie Gibson might allow Cleveland to ink a much-needed swingman.

Ariza is by far the more desirable of the two free agents.  The 24 year-old has plenty of upside and would give the Cavs a second finisher on the break for the first time since…wait for it…Ricky Davis.

Signing Ariza would be huge – even bigger than adding Shaq to the mix.

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