Former Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson says that last month he was “flooded with calls” from NBA teams looking to sign him to a 10-day contract, as he tells Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer. Gibson hasn’t played in the NBA this season after the Cavs elected not to re-sign him in the summer following seven years with the team.
Gibson says he’s turned down the offers because he doesn’t feel he’s ready to play at a high level, though it’s unclear if there’s any injury in particular that he’s recovering from. The 27-year-old suffered from ailments in both elbows last season. He says he hasn’t worked out for any teams, but he adds that when he’s ready, he’ll play.
The Blazers, Nuggets and Sixers had interest in signing the ASM Sports client close to the start of training camp, while the Rockets, Knicks, Pacers and Bucks were linked to Gibson over the summer. Cleveland hasn’t been among the teams with reported interest, but Gibson, who’s never played for an NBA team other than the Cavs, says he’s been keeping tabs on his old team throughout its tumultuous 2013/14 season.
“Earlier I was mad,” he said about the team’s lack of success. “I wanted to be there helping because I love that franchise. I miss that franchise. I see the talent and I see them growing and coming closer together as the year goes on. Every year has ups and downs. It’s the NBA season. But I see them now starting to play the way they’re capable of playing.”