Cavs: 2 goals for B/R’s suggested FA target Wes Iwundu

Orlando Magic wing Wes Iwundu goes into a shot. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Orlando Magic wing Wes Iwundu goes into a shot. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Orlando Magic wing Wes Iwundu shoots the ball. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images) /

Cavs goal #2 for Iwundu: Hit 37.0 percent from three-point land

The second goal for Iwundu pertains to his shooting. To be clear here, Iwundu’s had 5.0 points and 5.8 points per outing the last two seasons with the Magic, so I wouldn’t forecast him to be one of Cleveland’s top options offensively in his minutes-share in this scenario.

However, Iwundu has been decent from the perimeter when the chances have arisen for him, and he’s shown some flashes of pull-up shooting capability, which would counter his ability to get to the foul line after handoff deliveries.

Albeit you’d prefer to see Iwundu shoot more efficiently on pull-up attempts than an effective field goal shooting clip of 42.8 percent, per’s shot tracking data. But him hitting 41.2 percent of his deep pull-up attempts, even on a pretty small sample size, was a positive sign in that realm.

This bit from Favale was also encouraging, when it came to how Iwundu closed out 2019-20 from deep, and for the season he hit 34.1 percent of those looks overall.

"“From Jan. 1 onward, he drained 42.9 percent of his deep balls, albeit on less than modest volume.”"

In 18.1 minutes and 18.3 minutes per outing the last two seasons with Orlando, Iwundu has averaged 1.2 and 1.6 three-point attempts, so the volume wasn’t high, obviously, but Iwundu hitting 37.0 percent from deep wouldn’t seem out of the question. The volume wasn’t up there, but his Iwundu hit 36.7 percent from three-point land in 2018-19.

He made the most of his opportunities in that way in closing out last season, too, as Favale pointed out, and I’d imagine Iwundu could very well build on that next season after deliveries from Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and/or Dylan Windler. That’s again if the Cavs were to sign him/Orlando didn’t match, and perhaps Iwundu could hit some more of those via pull-ups?

Anyway, while it’s uncertain as to what the minutes-share would be for Wes Iwundu, he could be a significant contributor at the 2 and 3 in a variety of lineups. He could mesh well with players such as Garland, Collin Sexton, Kevin Love, KPJ, Windler and feasibly Cedi Osman in some instances.

Maybe Iwundu, who was due to make $1.5 million in 2019-20 and is set to have a qualifying offer of roughly $2 million, could be a long-term piece for Cleveland if this one/possibly two-year deal target were to work out. That’s again if Orlando weren’t to match.

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Iwundu turns 26 in December, but could definitely help the Cavaliers’ efforts next season/perhaps looking onward, especially with his perimeter defensive capabilities.