3 young wings the Cavs should consider signing in free agency

Hamidou Diallo, Detroit Pistons. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
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Troy Brown Jr., Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) /

Potential Cavs young wing target No. 1: Troy Brown Jr.

At only 23 years old, Troy Brown Jr. would fit well with the trajectory of the team. Brown’s contract with L.A. this past season was for $1.9 million for a year. Koby Altman and the front office could potentially work out a similar deal for the young wing, via the veteran’s minimum contract.

If Troy Brown Jr. were to suit up with the Cavs, he would likely come off the bench. Brown Jr. finished up this year with the Lakers a stat line of 7.1 points per game, with 4.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. With a shooting percentage of 43% from the field, and 38% from beyond the arc – this wing could bring some nice depth to Cleveland’s second unit.

While Brown would not be the biggest splash when it comes to free agency signings, he would be a solid rotation piece for the team. He would provide quality wing defense for the roster. Brown had 1.3 steals per-36 minutes, and at 6’7″ with a 6’11” wingspan, he is certainly a player to watch out for on the perimeter. If Cleveland brought him in, he could provide a slight upgrade on defense off the bench with the second unit.

Another reason the Cavs should look at Troy Brown Jr in free agency – the shooting strides off-ball. It was previously stated, but just this past season he put up his career-best of 38.1% from three. He’s improved as a catch-and-shoot player over the years, and considering he has not been in a high usage role, the Cavs could be able to uncover another layer of shooting potential with the young wing. Cleveland could experiment with their lineups as well, having Brown firing off shots from Darius Garland assists which could be a welcomed addition to the team.

All things considered, Brown is an affordable young wing with a defensive-focused style of play, who can hit open deep shots. He would fit into the timeline nicely as well. Cleveland would likely not have to pay much to bring him on the roster, so it would be worth looking into this offseason.

Next, we’ll examine a young wing from a divisional foe Cleveland should maybe take aim at.