As we get closer and closer to the offseason, we’ll likely get more information and reporting on likely Cleveland Cavaliers targets when it comes to wings on trade market and even potential players the Cavs are targeting using the Nontaxpayer Mid-Level Exception. The $12.2 million MLE the Cavs have is a pretty valuable asset, as they can find an impact player that will be a high end of the rotation-caliber of player that they’re counting on to improve the team.
The Cavaliers may have had a disappointing finish in the playoffs, but it shouldn’t be lost that this was still a very successful season, as the Cavs won 51 games. This should be the last time we strictly celebrate regular season success, but the good news is the Cavs don’t need much and have most things in place.
They’ve got a star-studded backcourt in Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell, while Evan Mobley is viewed as having the most upside on the team and the key to unlocking the Cavaliers’ championship potential. The Cavs have the core of Mitchell, Garland and Mobley, so they don’t need much and it’s now just a matter of putting the right supporting pieces around those guys.
As far as the MLE, the Cavs could go about this in a couple different ways. They could break it up and use it on a couple different guys and they could use it on a big as they need a backup big badly. Those wouldn’t be wise decisions, though; its about quality, not quantity, and the Cavaliers could land an impact contributor instead with most, if not all of that MLE.
While Cleveland needs a backup big, using a decent or significant portion of that wouldn’t be the best use of resources. If I’m the guy, I’m targeting is Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics, who has been a rumored possible target for the Cavaliers.
The Cavs will have a list of guys they’ll look at for the MLE, but Williams is the best-case scenario for a number of reasons and would make all the sense in the world.
Here are three reasons why the Cavs should sign Williams with their MLE.
We’ll begin with the first reason, and how he’d fit alongside the core for years to come.