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Cavs willing to absorb long-term salaries to deal vets

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are willing to take on long-term contracts in the right trades for some of their older veteran players, according to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The Cavs have been looking to move Kyle Korver, George Hill and J.R. Smith. While general manager Koby Altman is making calls, the team has not come close to a deal yet.

In order to move Hill and Smith, the Cavs will likely have to take back some large deals or longer-term contracts. They are OK with that provided the players are younger and some sort of draft pick is involved.

As Windhorst reported, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert conducted a similar house-cleaning when LeBron James left the team the first time in 2010.

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Channing Frye is another player the Cavs could look to trade, Windhorst reported. Sources told Amico Hoops that Frye would make sense as a "throw-in" in some trades, though it's clear the Cavs admire have admired his leadership up to this point.

The Cavs have spoken with the Philadelphia 76ers about second-year guard Markelle Fultz, sources told Amico Hoops on Sunday. They also talked about Smith with the Houston Rockets during the summer, and are expected to try to revisit those conversations.