Good, better, best: Cleveland Cavaliers free agent wing targets

Kelly Oubre Jr., Charlotte Hornets. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images
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Best – Max Strus

It’s hard to pass up on a player that was just in the NBA Finals on a team that will probably be unable to afford his return.

Though Max Strus struggled as the Miami Heat fell in five games to the first-time NBA champion Denver Nuggets, his constant presence on the court and ability to punish lazy defenders cannot be overlooked.

The Cavaliers are in desperate need of wings with playoff experience, and Strus might be the perfect fit to elevate this Cleveland roster.

Strus was one of many undrafted players the Heat discovered and developed. In his three seasons in the Association, Strus has shot 37.1 percent from three on roughly six attempts per game. Additionally, Strus ranked in the 80th percentile of corner three shooters at his position, per Cleaning the Glass (subscription required).

An accurate volume shooter such as Max Strus would give the Cavaliers a lethal perimeter threat that defenses have to respect every night.

Standing at 6-foot-5 inches, Strus is not the tallest wing option. But, his wingspan reaches just under 6-foot-8 inches, and Strus’ muscular build gives him an edge against most opponents.

At the end of the day, Max Strus gives the Cleveland Cavaliers a fighting chance every game to come away with a win. With Miami nearing ever closer to the dreaded second luxury tax apron, then Strus could very possibly be available for the Cavaliers to steal away with their full MLE.

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Any of these signings would put the Cavs into the conversation for the best team in the Eastern Conference. With the right off-season moves, Cleveland will be prime position to Let ‘Em Know next year.