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#The Cavaliers' roster is starting to take shape. If one counts power forward Kevin Jones, they'll have 16 players under contract heading into training camp.
The following is a look at the roster (projected starters mentioned first):
Point guard (3) -- Kyrie Irving, Donald Sloan, Jeremy Pargo. The acquisition of Pargo on Wednesday might end the Cavs' pursuit of Derek Fisher and Jonny Flynn. They could let Sloan and Pargo duke it out for back-up minutes behind Irving, who will play around 35 minutes a game.
Shooting guard (3) -- Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson, Kelenna Azubuike. The plan is to bring Azubuike to camp and see if he can still play. If he can't, then they'll have to find another shooting guard. He's played a handful of games in the last three seasons because of a serious knee injury. Waiters will be given every opportunity to start, with Gibson the expected backup. Gibson is also coming off a serious injury, a torn tendon in his foot. Rookie Justin Holiday showed some promise in summer league in Las Vegas and might warrant another look in training camp.
Center (2) -- Anderson Varejao, Tyler Zeller. Varejao is still their best big until he's eventually traded. I've been fighting that idea for a long time, but I'm convinced he'll be moved at some point. It might be at the trade deadline or next summer. Zeller was a nice addition through the draft. He can shoot from the perimeter, rebound and run the floor. Don't be surprised if they bring Temple center Michael Eric to training camp. They liked what they saw in summer league.
Power forward (5) -- Tristan Thompson, Samardo Samuels, Jon Leuer, Luke Harangody, Kevin Jones. I'm counting Jones, for now, even though he's not under contract. Once his bone bruise in his ankle heals, he's expected to be signed. Samuels and Thompson can give the Cavs minutes at center in case you were worried they were a little too thin in the middle.
Small forward (3) -- Alonzo Gee (or C.J. Miles), Omri Casspi, Luke Walton. I'm assuming the Cavs will have either Gee or Miles in the starting lineup. Both are free agents and neither currently have contracts. Casspi remains on the roster for at least one more year. He started 30-some games last year at small forward before being replaced by Gee. Walton has one more year on his deal worth $6.1 million. Reportedly, he's not interested in accepting a buyout. Why would he?