5 free agents Cavaliers should poach from division rivals

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Free Agent No. 4: Joe Ingles, Milwaukee Bucks

After eight seasons with the Utah Jazz, Joe Ingles was the first core player to be sent out of town as they stripped down a perennial playoff team to rebuild. He came back from his own ACL tear to play a key role for the Milwaukee Bucks during the back half of the season.

Ingles is a big wing (6’8″) who handles the ball like a point guard. Add in a career 40.8 percent mark from 3-point range, and Ingles begins to look really interesting in the Cavaliers’ starting small forward spot. He can run pick-and-roll actions with the bigs or inverted actions with the guards, but he can also spot-up from anywhere on the court.

Ingles is 35 years old, so he’s not a long-term option for the Cavs or anyone else, but if money prevents the Milwaukee Bucks from bringing him back, the Cavaliers should pounce. He would help the rotation in a number of ways.

Free Agent No. 3: Meyers Leonard, Milwaukee Bucks

The Cavaliers are, surprisingly, somewhat thin at center. They have Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, but no one behind them; Robin Lopez could be retained, and Isaiah Mobley could be a part of the rotation next season, but there is a need for another body, either as a shot-blocker or a floor-spacer to give the group a different look.

Meyers Leonard could fill that second role on a minimum contract, as a guy still making his return to the NBA after two seasons not playing as he rehabbed from injury and improved his character. He will almost certainly be hungry, and as a career 39 percent 3-point shooter would bring a new skill set to this Cavaliers frontcourt.