NBA Robert Traylor is getting another try with Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent forward Robert "Tractor" Traylor is returning for a second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Traylor will be in Cleveland today for a physical, and as long as he passes, he'll sign a one-year deal, said a league source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Cavaliers, who will use their $1.6 million mid-level exception to sign Traylor, are expected to announce the signing later this week, the source said.
Cavaliers general manager Jim Paxson couldn't be reached for comment.
Traylor, 27, will compete with recently acquired Drew Gooden to be the Cavaliers' starting power forward. That spot opened this summer when Carlos Boozer unexpectedly bolted to the Utah Jazz as a free agent.
Gives Cavs needed size
The 6-foot-8, 284-pound Traylor gives the Cavaliers some much needed bulk up front. He played in 71 games last season in New Orleans, averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in a reserve role.
If he doesn't win the starting job, Traylor can come off the bench to spell Gooden or give center Zydrunas Ilgauskas some rest.
In Cleveland, Traylor will be reunited with Paul Silas, who coached him for two seasons with the Hornets.
Traylor averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 70 games for Cleveland, which traded him to Philadelphia in August of 2001. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, selected by Dallas, which traded him to Milwaukee for the rights to center Dirk Nowitzki.
Traylor's agent, Andre Colona, told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that the former Michigan star was excited by the chance to play for Silas and the chance to win a starting job.