Joe Ingles, Milwaukee Bucks
The Cavs wouldn’t be getting the Joe Ingles from say, 2015 back when he was with the Utah Jazz.
Ingles took some time to get his footing last season with the Milwaukee Bucks coming off an ACL tear from the season prior with Utah. He’s not necessarily the same player he once was, as we’ve hit on.
Having said that, Ingles can still be a high-level shooter at this stage. Over the years with the Jazz, he was a great catch-and-shoot threat for Mitchell and company to go to, as evidenced by him cashing 40.8 percent of his deep attempts over that time. Even with him coming off the ACL injury this now-past season with Milwaukee, he was still able to knock down off-ball looks at an efficient 40.9 percent clip, too.
If Ingles were to sign with the Cavaliers, his well-established chemistry with Mitchell could pay dividends as an off-ball contributor at both forward spots, and Ingles could be a seamless fit alongside Darius Garland and Evan Mobley.
Plus, while it wouldn’t be at a high volume at this juncture, with him set to enter his age-36 campaign, Ingles could still provide some nice secondary playmaking and for stretches, could still initiate some in pick-and-roll and create for himself. Ingles has had 3.7 assists per contest over the course of his career, and still had 3.3 per game with Milwaukee in 46 games last season.
Those things, paired with his still solid defense could lead to an Ingles signing being nice value for Cleveland this offseason.
Ingles being previously linked to the Cavs, seemingly as a low-cost target (he played last season on a veteran’s minimum deal) is very sensible. Time will tell if Cleveland were to add him or one of these other two possible targets in free agency.