This is the third in a six part series that will break down the Cavs roster and look at the potential moves they could make in offseason. The first day will focus on the point guard position, followed by shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center, and the Cavs bench.
Small forward has been a position of weakness since LeBron James two summers ago. And obviously, a two-time MVP who was the Cavs everything isn’t someone who is easy to replace. It’s highly likely that the Cavs will never have a small forward the caliber of James again – and that’s okay. The way the team is being built, the just need their small forward to play solid defense, score 15-17 a game, and be a guy Kyrie Irving can count on.
Current Small Forwards – Alonzo Gee, Luke Walton, Omri Casspi
– There isn’t a legit starting small forward in this trio of players. Gee, who may e leaving in free agency, is better served coming off the bench. Walton has been beleaguer by back injuries, and may not even be on the roster come time for the season start. Casspi, the NBA’s first Israeli, has a slide in his stats over the last two seasons, and like Gee, is probably better coming off the bench. By my estimation, this is the weakest position of the Cavs roster.
– -Key Stats – Gee – 10.6 points per game. 5.1 rebounds, 41.2% shooting. Gee’s stats are solid, but nothing to right home about. I’d love for the Cavs to keep him, but if he goes it’s not the end of the world. To put things in perspective, when the Cavs lost LeBron, small forward (and the team in general) became a wasteland. If Gee leaves, the drop off to Casspi wouldn’t be that large or catastrophic to the rebuilding Cavs.
Some Small Forwards Available: Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace, Sam Young, Matt Barnes, Jamario Moon, Grant Hill
Best Fit for the Cavs: None
As bad as the position is, I’d stand pat if I were the Cavs. No affordable free agent would be a real upgrade, and they’d be better served drafting one at the top of the draft next season. In a dream world, they could snag Jeff Green, creating a great young nucleus, but that’s a pipe dream.
Best Case Scenario: Gee stays in Cleveland and has a solid season. In the draft next year, the Cavs take the bets small forward on the board to compliment Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
Worst Case Scenario: Gee leaves, and Casspi continues his decline. If this happens, the Cavs would have to pick someone up.
What Likely Happens: Gee stays on a short deal, but the small forward position continues to give Cavs fans headaches.