3 free agents the Cavs should have signed this summer

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Otto Porter Jr., Golden State Warriors and Tacko Fall, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images /

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a successful free agent period this summer. After taking Ochai Agbaji and Isaiah Mobley in the 2022 NBA Draft (and drafting another two players as overseas stashes) the Cavs signed three free agents to new deals: Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto to lock down the point guard position, and Robin Lopez as their third center.

Each of those three additions filled a need on the roster, but none of them addressed the most vital needs. The Cavs need on-ball shot creation, and they need two-way wings. With Collin Sexton still floating in the wind as a restricted free agent without a contract, the Cavs haven’t addressed the first; Dean Wade is truly the only player on the roster who addresses the first.

The Cleveland Cavaliers added some solid veterans in free agency, but here are three free agents the Cavs could have signed to address bigger needs

Every offseason in the NBA is different, and this year was no exception. The market wasn’t exactly flush with wings and shot creators, especially after all of the big stars re-signed with their teams. Given the reality that the Cavs didn’t have more than the non-taxpayer mid-level exception to offer players, they were never going to be in the mix for players like Zach LaVine, so we aren’t including them here.

Instead, who are the players who were reasonably available in free agency that would have fit the needs of the Cavs? Let’s look at three, players who landed in good spots but potentially could have been persuaded to head to Cleveland. Who should the Cavs have signed this summer?