Max Strus is the kind of knockdown shooter Cavs can absolutely use

Max Strus, Miami Heat. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Max Strus, Miami Heat. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /
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Max Strus (left) and Kevin Love, Miami Heat. (Photo by Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports) /

Strus will likely be a hot commodity, and is set for a raise, however, the Cavs should clearly covet him

Of course, given what he’s shown in recent seasons with more opportunities, Strus, who is in the second year of two-year, $3.4 million deal with Miami, will have his share of suitors this offseason with him as an unrestricted free agent, seemingly.

He’s set for a considerable raise for his next contract, one would imagine, but for the Cavs, allocating a good portion of their MLE for a knockdown shooter like Strus is something they should consider via two or three-year deal from there.

Granted, Strus is not known for his defense, and him being 6-foot-5 and somewhat limited on-ball defensively has to be factored into him as a possible signing. With Garland and Mitchell in mind within that context, too, one questioning how Strus could be involved defensively is a reasonable concern.

All things considered, though, Cleveland has to improve their shooting and spacing around Garland, Mitchell and Mobley, and movement shooters, especially, are invaluable. Cleveland could feature varying lineups with Strus involved to balance things out from a two-way perspective, too.

Strus, who will 28 next season, is a heatcheck-level shooter, and while he could end up returning to Miami or sign elsewhere, him as a Cavaliers target wouldn’t seem so off-base.

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Shooters like Strus would play off the Cavs stars incredibly well, and as originally a player on a two-way deal, Strus could be a great culture and locker room piece in coming years for the Wine and Gold. That’d be similar to how Dean Wade and Lamar Stevens have found their niche with the Cavaliers, to some degree, and Strus’ development in Miami’s esteemed culture could be beneficial for him as a potential signing for Cleveland.