Cavs: 3 most unlikely players to return to the team in 2021-22

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Damyean Dotson handles the ball. (Photo by Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Damyean Dotson handles the ball. (Photo by Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Damyean Dotson tries to create space. (Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports) /

The second-most unlikely current Cavs player to return: Taurean Prince

Taurean Prince was involved in the James Harden trade, overshadowed by Cleveland stealing Jarrett Allen from the Brooklyn Nets. Prince can be looked at as the ideal wing in today’s NBA, a lengthy 3-and-D player with shot creation abilities and he showed this with the Cavs this now-past season.

In 29 games with the Wine and Gold, he averaged 10.1 points and shot 41.5 percent from three-point range on 4.1 attempts per game.

Prince’s play with the team had its ups and downs but the downs shouldn’t be highlighted too much due to an ankle injury that affected his play and a shoulder injury prior to that led to absences as well.

Taurean had a nice role with the team and would be a good player for the team to keep around but if a trade comes around, the Cavaliers could look to move on from him; he was again a notable player mentioned in prior trade rumors too, as we noted.

The reasoning for Taurean being on this list is not due to his play but rather his contract. With only one year left on his deal worth $13 million, that makes him a great trade candidate whether it be for a team looking to get off a contract, add Prince to a bigger trade, or simply move on from him. All scenarios see the Cavaliers adding more assets which could help to improve the roster.

The most unlikely current Cavs player to return: Damyean Dotson

At the time of the signing, Damyean Dotson looked like a steal acquisition for the Cavs. Dotson signed a two-year, $4 million dollar contract with the second year being non-guaranteed. He was seen as a quality shooter for the New York Knicks in years past, but this wasn’t the case for Cleveland.

In 46 games, Dotson shot just 28.9 percent from three and it’s confusing why this happened. Maybe it was Dotson taking more of an on-ball role, more so early in the season, maybe it was the offensive gameplan, or maybe it was injuries.

Whatever the cause for Dotson’s putrid shooting splits, it caused him to become an outcast on the team.

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Moving on makes sense from both parties and a decision on Dotson could come in the coming months.