No. 3: Daniel Gafford
The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly searching for a backup big in this free agency class. With the Wizards potentially preparing for a fire sale, 24-year-old Daniel Gafford could fit easily into Cleveland’s system behind Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley.
Gafford’s contract continues into 2026 with a high salary of only $14.4 million. On defense, Gafford would help Cleveland maintain their interior presence when Mobley or Allen need to rest. Over his career, Gafford has averaged 1.3 blocks with a 111 defensive rating. The former Arkansas Razorback has also collected 9.5 rebounds per-36 minutes.
His high motor and athleticism makes Gafford an ideal backup center for Cleveland, though he does not stretch the floor like many would hope to see from centers in the modern NBA.
Gafford puts his grit to work on offense, though, making him a tremendous lob threat next to Darius Garland and his crafty, decisive passing.
As the Cavaliers continue their quest toward contention, Gafford would help them take the next step on a team-friendly contract. The only issue in bringing Gafford would be the cost to acquire him. Washington surely knows the value they have in Daniel Gafford and may not take less than they believe he deserves.
Although Gafford was selected by Chicago in the second round, some teams may be willing to part with a future first-round pick to bolster their bench – something the Cavs cannot offer this offseason.