Donte DiVincenzo would be solid Cavs signing that’d impact winning

Donte DiVincenzo, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Donte DiVincenzo, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Donte DiVincenzo, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) /

One shouldn’t discount DiVincenzo’s defense and winning plays, either

Additionally, despite the 6-foot-4, 203-pound DiVincenzo not having the size of some other rumored possible trade and/or free agency targets, he is a good defender on the perimeter. And if Cleveland were to potentially move Isaac Okoro via trade this offseason, DiVincenzo could be a viable replacement for stretches.

He applies ball pressure well, is competent laterally to maintain his positioning to prevent drivers from getting downhill consistently, and regularly has proper placement with his contests.

DiVincenzo is not a player Cleveland would want a ton against bigger wings, but his athleticism, toughness and body positioning all help him compete in that regard, or at least to take on cross-matching long enough for his defense to switch back.

Beyond the on-ball element, DiVincenzo is always a player who is active as a team defender, resulting in opponent turnovers, or him playing a role in them being deterred from making the right plays.

He’s in the right spots to make plays as a rotator, and always does a good job of digging onto drivers or as a sensible doubler to post-up players. He had 2.5 deflections per game in 2022-23, per’s hustle data, and through his five seasons, he’s had 1.2 steals in 24.3 minutes per contest, and a healthy steal rate of 2.2 percent.

Lastly, while it often can be disregarded with perimeter players, DiVincenzo has long been an active contributor on the glass when he’s been in games. He’s averaged 4.6 rebounds per game in his career, and 6.8 rebounds per-36 minutes.

For the Cavs in stretches off the bench, his tenacity in that area could pay dividends throughout coming regular seasons and feasibly in playoff time. He tracks the ball well, is quick to get after loose balls and can make plays in transition situations off of recovering those, all of which were things that could’ve helped the Cavaliers in their disappointing first round playoff series loss to the New York Knicks.

Now, DiVincenzo has had some inconsistencies on offense in his career, but as he’s been regularly involved in rotations with the Bucks, was post-deadline in 2021-22 with the Kings and was with the Warriors, he’s aided his teams.

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He’s a solid role player who could impact winning for the Cavs if they were to sign him this offseason, perhaps via multi-year deal with some of their $12.2 million Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception. There’s assuredly a number of other targets for Cleveland, though, and one would have to assume DiVincenzo will have other suitors.