3 ways suggested free agency target Derrick Jones Jr. could help Cavs

Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. reacts in-game. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. reacts in-game. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Derrick Jones Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. communicates with teammates. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Cavaliers’ third reason for targeting Jones: The transition game

The Cleveland Cavaliers are a squad that use more athleticism in the transition game, and Jones would bring that and more.

While pieces such as Sexton and Porter excel in that area due to their speed and relentless attacking style in getting to the basket, along with McKinnie to some extent, Jones could bring even more pop in that realm.

The aforementioned Osman is solid after getting transition run-out deliveries from the likes of Kevin Love and Garland, and Osman makes sound decisions as a passer in those situations, but Jones would again make Cleveland’s transition attack more lethal.

Jones would give the Cavs a big-time finisher in the open floor, and with his ability to jump passing lanes and get out and run, it would give the Cavaliers a number of easy buckets throughout games.

Plus, Jones, who is a good driver in secondary transition, helps out a bunch as a perimeter player on the defensive glass, as evidenced by a healthy 11.8 percent defensive rebounding clip thus far in 2019-20.

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You can never have enough grab-and-go threats in today’s NBA, and Jones would fit in especially well in potential lineups in that way alongside Sexton, Nance, KPJ, Dylan Windler and others.