The Cleveland Cavaliers will be scouring the free agent market this summer, looking high, low and in the couch cushions for players who could help the team. With limited resources and some stark needs, the Cavs need to maximize every move they make to build the best possible team moving forward.
They’ll look nationwide at available free agents, but there might be some good options close to home. Which players from their Central Division rivals can the Cavs look to poach, both strengthening their roster and depleting those of their closest foes?
Free Agent No. 5: Cory Joseph, Detroit Pistons
The Cavaliers have a few different ways to approach the point guard position. They could look at the combination of Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio and decide they are in good shape already, using roster spots elsewhere. They could also give a spot to a young developmental option, be that Sharife Cooper or someone freshly coming into the league.
Yet point guard is the most vital position for a team, and risking any scenarios where you can’t put 48 minutes of solid point guard play on the court is dangerous. With Ricky Rubio having a slow recovery from his torn ACL, the Cavs might need to consider a veteran backup who can both fill spot minutes and potentially even move into the backup role if Rubio doesn’t have it.
Cory Joseph is a perfect fit for that role, a lifelong backup and consummate professional. The Detroit Pistons have their eyes set on flashy upgrades and might let Joseph slip through the cracks and join another team; that would be a mistake. Joseph takes care of the ball, has shot 39.7 percent from 3-point range in 2.5 seasons with the Pistons, and would be an excellent addition to the Cavaliers.