3 potential Cavs lineups involving 2020 NBA Draft prospect Devin Vassell

Florida State guard Devin Vassell (#24) shoots the ball. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
Florida State guard Devin Vassell (#24) shoots the ball. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Kevin Porter Jr. (left) and Cleveland guard Collin Sexton celebrate in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Potential Cleveland Cavaliers Vassell lineup #2: Sexton-Kevin Porter Jr.-Vassell-Love-Jordan Bell

This is a lineup you could possibly see more of later in the season or perhaps earlier, as this is something they could play if/when they were to potentially trade Drummond, who could very well be an expiring player. Whether or not Drummond is eventually dealt, though, this is a lineup we could see for stretches if Cleveland selects Vassell in the 2020 NBA Draft.

This lineup that would give the Cleveland Cavaliers more athleticism and would make them better defensively. Sexton obviously has more upside than Garland as a defender and would matchup better guarding opposing point guards rather than 2 guards.

Kevin Porter Jr. would be defending 2’s, while Vassell would again be defending opposing 3’s. Jordan Bell, if he sticks around (he’s on a non-guaranteed deal) isn’t the expiring Tristan Thompson, who may or may not be back next season, but Bell can switch out some on to perimeter players.

Plus, while Bell is an undersized rotational 5 at 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds, he did have a solid 1.5 blocks per-36 minutes in his Minnesota Timberwolves stint in 2019-20, the squad he was mostly with. And his feel/athleticism in that realm would help.

This is certainly one of the Cavs better defensive lineups. The one problem with this lineup is the lack of playmaking, although KPJ did show some promise as a passer last year. This lineup would certainly offer more versatility than lineup #1 on defense with KPJ, Vassell and Bell in the lineup together.

Offensively again the biggest concern would be the lack of playmaking, but this lineup would still offer plenty of spacing. Sexton has made incredible strides since his rookie season with his three-point shot, and leading into the hiatus/eventually the end of year 2, he hit 44.9 percent in his last 32 games from deep.

Porter Jr. is raw, but he showed big-time potential as a rookie and should improve. Vassell should be able to come into the league and be able to knock down perimeter looks, while Love even at his age (32), is still productive, and clearly, he’s still one of the best stretch bigs in the NBA.

Again this is more of a lineup you can see later in the season. I don’t think it makes much sense for the Cavs to extend big money to traditional centers like Drummond.

They’d be better served veering away from a possible Drummond extension, realistically, and seeing what they could end up getting with Drummond likely ending up an expiring deal, even if it wouldn’t return much.