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By Bob Finnan | news-herald VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Cleveland Cavaliers might be trying to corner the market on power forwards.
They already have three on their roster, including first overall draft pick Anthony Bennett of UNLV.
Most observers are trying to figure out where Bennett will get his minutes, with the 6-foot-9, 227-pound Tristan Thompson already ahead of him on the depth chart. Cavs general manager Chris Grant said on draft night Bennett is primarily a '4,' even though he might be able to play a few minutes at small forward.
Journeyman Kevin Jones is still hanging around. He has a league-minimum contract for next year, but it's not guaranteed.
The 6-11 Anderson Varejao, who is expected to start at center under Coach Mike Brown, might be better suited to play power forward in a perfect world.
What is a bit perplexing is the sudden interest in free-agent power forwards. The Cavs hosted former Lakers power forward Earl Clark on Tuesday.
No word on how his visit to the shores of Lake Erie went.
Clark, a 6-10, 225-pounder, can earn some minutes at small forward, as well. One league source said the Cavs might try to sign him for about $3 million a year. The Lakers are the only other team rumored to be interested in signing him, even though there could be other suitors. The Lakers' focus is on trying to re-sign center Dwight Howard and to trim their luxury-tax hit.
Clark averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 59 games with the Lakers last season.
ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman reported the Cavs also have interest in Warriors power forward Carl Landry. The 6-8, 245-pounder is a solid third big man on a playoff team.
Landry is expected to price himself out of Cleveland. He will likely command a contract in the $5 million-a-year range. He's not about to come to Cleveland to help nurture Bennett's development. He's at a different stage in his career.
Some have suggested the Cavs might be open to trading one of their returning big men. There has been no scuttlebutt whatsoever about that occurring.
The Cavs have been linked to former Ohio State center Greg Oden for much of the last year, but there doesn't seem to be any movement. The 7-foot, 285-pounder has also drawn interest from San Antonio and Miami, among others.
Fox Sports Ohio reported the Cavs have refused to offer any guaranteed money to Oden, which makes some sense. Signing him would be a huge risk because he hasn't played in the NBA since 2009 because of knee issues.
n Former Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School and Ohio State shooting guard David Lighty confirmed he will play for Brooklyn's summer-league team in Orlando. Lighty's team in Paris, JSF Nanterre, won the French Pro A LNB championship last season.
n One player who seemed to make some sense with the Cavs was veteran swingman Mike Dunleavy, especially considering their void at small forward. However, he agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Bulls.
n Ex-Ohio State center Dallas Lauderdale, who played at Solon High School, will play for Portland's summer-league team.