3 players still available for Cavs to sign in free agency

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The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t rush into NBA Free Agency, where some of their fellow teams were frantically spraying money into the league in the opening minutes to bring in outside talent. The Cavs took a breath, waited until Day 2, and signed three players to the roster to meet some of their most significant needs.

The biggest move was signing Ricky Rubio to a three-year deal to return to the Cavs. As Rubio will miss much of the start of the season rehabbing from a torn ACL, they also brought in former Washington Wizards point guard Raul Neto on a minimum deal. Fan-favorite Robin Lopez also comes on a minimum as this roster’s third center, a player much more capable of stepping onto the court than Ed Davis was last season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a few options available to open up a roster spot. If they do, who are three free agents still available the Cavs could sign?

For those using fingers and toes to count at home, the roster now stands at 15 players before re-signing Collin Sexton; an NBA roster can only be at 15 during the season, so if the team does bring back Sexton they will need to cut or trade a player by the start of the season. They could waive the non-guaranteed contract of Lamar Stevens, but his defensive role most likely keeps him around.

The other option is to trade a player who is not in this team’s long-term plans. Dylan Windler makes $4 million next season, and Cedi Osman makes $7.43 million. If the Cavs can find a new home for one or both of these players, perhaps by paying a team with cap space or a trade exception to take them on, it would free up space under the luxury tax and on the roster to bring back Sexton and perhaps add a 15th player.

If they go that route, and both Windler and Osman end up with new homes, who could the Cavs bring in to fill that final spot? Is there even anyone still available on the market? The Cavs’ greatest need in this scenario would be for a small forward, so here are three players that could fill minutes at the 3 for the Cavs this season who are still available on the open market.

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