Following the Donovan Mitchell trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers are left with an extra roster spot and some interesting questions to answer regarding their strategy next season.
The first question is based on the perimeter defense of the Cavs next season or lack thereof.
For those who didn’t know, both Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell stand at a measly six-foot-one, far below the league average; they are both small for their positions. This will lead to issues defensively.
While some say they should look to trade for a player like Gordon Hayward or Harrison Barnes (myself included), free agency is also a perfectly viable option.
The Cavs have one last roster spot following the Donovan Mitchell trade with a few gaps to fill, so how should they use that spot?
The next question would be: is their small forward rotation good enough to win them games? This is a great question as all of the players commonly said to be starting at the three next season are bench players at best on any other team.
With there being four or five players of that same caliber, this may not be an issue by spreading the minutes among their many players, although adding another bench player like Carmelo Anthony or even a player on a two-way deal may be beneficial.
The last major question is: how will they tie their small, high-scoring backcourt to their huge, defensive-minded frontcourt? This one is similar to the question about the small forward depth but could also be fixed using a defensive-minded guard off the bench like Rajon Rondo.
Let’s take a dive into what three players in free agency the Cleveland Cavaliers could use to fill their remaining roster spot for the best impact.
None of these players will be offered anything above the veteran’s minimum to keep the Cavs out of the luxury tax. All of them were also chosen to help answer the questions surrounding the roster while also bolstering the depth of Cleveland’s roster.