3 floor spacers the Cleveland Cavaliers should pursue in free agency

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Georges Niang, Philadelphia 76ers

Georges Niang could fit the role of a viable stretch 4 for the Cavaliers, either off the bench or if Cleveland were to eventually move Jarrett Allen, as the starter there with Evan Mobley as more of a full-time 5.

Even in a more realistic bench role, though, Niang has proven himself to be a nice shooting big in recent seasons.

He’s connected on 40.7 percent of his 4.4 three-point shot attempts per game over the past four seasons, with him filling in well off the Philadelphia 76ers bench the last two campaigns. Niang had 8.2 points in 19.4 minutes per outing in the regular season with Philadelphia in 2022-23, and 9.2 points in 22.8 minutes per contest in 2021-22 with the Sixers. In the two years prior in his first years getting regular rotational opportunites with the Utah Jazz, he hit 42.5 and 40.0 percent of his deep balls then.

Niang did not have the same run in the playoffs during this now-past season, but he has a career three-point shooting clip of 37.6 percent in 46 games then.

Niang has previously been a suggested Cavaliers free agency target seemingly with some of their MLE for his off-ball shooting, and while the 30-year-old is not known for his defense, he could potentially fill a Kevin Love-lite role off the bench.

Him knocking down deep shot looks off the catch off of deliveries from his former teammate in Mitchell and from Darius Garland could ignite Cleveland’s bench production. Needless to say, Niang should definitely be a player Cleveland considers strongly pursuing this free agency period.