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Allonzo Trier turns down interest from Cleveland Cavaliers, per report

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A young player who can score at all three levels, Allonzo Trier is likely to garner strong interest after being waived by the New York Knicks.

We already know one team that is intrigued.

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly made an offer to Trier—or at least strongly considered it—after he cleared waivers, but the former Arizona Wildcats standout wasn’t on the same page.

“While they revisited a deal with Trier after he cleared waivers, the former Knicks guard was looking for more money and a different contract structure than the Cavs were willing to give,” wrote Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “Members of the front office also questioned his fit alongside young guards Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and Collin Sexton.”

Trier was in the final year of a two-year, $7 million deal before being waived by the Knicks late last week. This is an interesting time to be a free agent. Not only is Trier ineligible for the postseason because he was waived after March 1, but next season’s NBA salary cap could dip due to the lost revenue from the coronavirus crisis.

Trier shouldn’t have a problem finding a home, though. In 88 career NBA games, the 24-year-old has averaged just under 10 points per game, while shooting a crisp 48 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3 and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

The other parts of his game remain a work in progress, but at minimum he can be a microwave scorer off the bench.