4 players in the NBA Finals the Cavaliers could target in free agency

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No. 3: Max Strus, Miami Heat

Despite an abysmal performance in Game One, Max Strus is another option to help address the Cavaliers’ shooting woes. When it comes to floor spacers, there aren’t many who do it better than Strus.

His astonishing average of seven three-point attempts per game consistently draws defensive attention, even if they aren’t all going in. Last season, Strus was taking 6.5 threes per game and making 40% of them, displaying remarkable efficiency at that volume.

Strus has emerged as a significant contributor for the Miami Heat this postseason, establishing himself as one of the undrafted players who wholeheartedly embraces the Heat culture. Over the past two seasons, he has gained valuable experience as a key part of two deep runs. Like most shooters, Strus has his ups and downs. Regardless of whether his shots are falling, his presence demands defensive attention and has an impact.

Defensively, Strus has decent size but is not considered a standout defender. He may struggle at times due to his lack of exceptional athleticism. However, his shooting gravity more than compensates for any defensive shortcomings, and the Cavs might find themselves in a position where they need to prioritize shooting over defense.

As an unrestricted free agent, the main hurdle the Cavs could face in pursuing Strus is the financial aspect. Recently, emerging elite shooters have secured significant paydays, as seen with Duncan Robinson’s five-year, $90 million deal with Miami.

Being a 27-year-old undrafted player, it’s likely that Strus prioritizes securing a substantial contract rather than a role on a contender. In that case, it becomes unlikely for Strus to join Cleveland.

That said, his shooting ability alone should keep him on Koby Altman’s radar.