The NBA’s Free Agency period is a whirlwind every year, with teams signing, releasing and trading players in a flurry of moves reported as soon (barely) as it’s allowed. Every move feels like a crucial step in each team’s path towards contention. This summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have essentially sat it out.
That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The Cavs did bring back restricted free agent center Jarrett Allen, signing him to a five-year, $100 million contract. That move ensured they would operate as an “above-the-cap” team, and have access to a couple of salary cap “exceptions” that could be used to sign other players.
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Thus far in free agency they haven’t touched those exceptions, watching as player after player signed elsewhere. We ran a version of this article last week as the Cavs sat out the first few days of free agency, and all three of those players were scooped up. Now more than a week since free agency kicked off the Cavs have continued to keep the powder dry.
They might decide not to use it at all. The Cavaliers have 10 players signed to guaranteed contracts and another four on non-guaranteed deals: Dean Wade, Mfiondu Kabengele, Lamar Stevens and Damyean Dotson. They could hang onto those players and go into the season with 14 players.
More likely, the Cavs will make a move in the coming days to add at least one or two more players, either veterans they can rely on or young talent with upside. If they do make a move, which players still available could they pursue?