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By SI Wire
July 09, 2014

If the Cleveland Cavaliers fail to land LeBron James, the team's backup plan is to target forward Trevor Ariza, reports Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski

The Cavs are still aggressively pursuing James, reportedly agreeing to a three-player trade on Wednesday that would free up enough cap space to allow them to sign the star to a maximum contract. But if James doesn't return to Cleveland, the Cavs would look to use that new cap space to help sign Ariza. 

The 29-year-old averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 77 games for the Washington Wizards last season. Ariza averaged 11.3 points per game during the Lakers' title run in 2009. 

The Wizards want to retain Ariza, and the Heat, Mavericks and Lakers also reportedly all have interest in the forward. His reported asking price is $9 million to $11 million per year. 

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