Monday, July 6, 2009

Josh Childress in the sights of Cleveland?

The Cavaliers are on the move in NBA free agency. Team General Manager Danny Ferry and head coach Mike Brown flew to Los Angeles Sunday for a clandestine free-agent meeting. Team officials refused to confirm who they're hoping to sign, but the Cavs obviously are trying to land one of their free-agent targets as the market heats up again following the July 4 holiday.

Dan Fegan, the agent who represents both Cavs forward Anderson Varejao and Toronto forward Shawn Marion, is based in Los Angeles and often conducts in-person negotiating sessions there. Fegan did not return messages on Sunday. A league source said the Cavs did not meet with Marion in person on Sunday.

The Cavs have been in talks with Fegan about a new contract for Varejao, who opted out of his deal with the team last week.

It is also possible the Cavs were meeting with restricted free-agent wing Josh Childress, who lives in the Los Angeles area in the off-season. The 6-8 veteran who is known for being an intelligent player and good defender played last season in Greece after rejecting an offer from the Atlanta Hawks. He's averaged 11.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for his career.

The Hawks still have matching rights on Childress, but they have several of their own free agents they are in talks to retain and may not be willing to match an offer sheet. Childress still has two years left on his contract in Greece but has an opt-out clause and is considering returning to the NBA, having met with the Milwaukee Bucks last week.

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