With the second target, Cleveland should look at bringing in a former player. It was just recently reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be declining to guarantee the $7.4 million dollar contract of Taurean Prince. This would be an intriguing player for the Cavs to sign considering there would already be established history.
When Cleveland acquired Jarrett Allen from the Brooklyn Nets as a part of the multi-team James Harden trade back a few years prior, Taurean Prince was also included in the deal. Prince played near a full year with the Cavs before being traded to the Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio before the start of the 2021-22 season. Bringing back the forward via part of Cleveland’s $12.4 million Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception could be a possible move for the Cavs’ front office to ponder. Perhaps Prince being signed via Cleveland’s $4.5 million Bi-Annual Exception could be as well.
The chemistry is already there. Having played with some of the Cavs on the roster such as Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, Issac Okoro, and some others, Prince would not need much time to adjust himself to Cleveland. Additionally, since Prince was traded away, the Cavs had made a few additions to the roster as well. Those being Caris LeVert, Evan Mobley, and Donovan Mitchell. With some familiar faces, and some new improvements to the roster, Prince could see Cleveland has a realistic option for him this offseason.
Prince would be an excellent addition to this team’s bench. Last year the veteran forward shot for 46.7% from the field, as well as 38.1% on three-pointers. He was putting up an average of 9.1 points per game last year too. Cleveland would really benefit from the depth a player like Prince could bring to the roster.
While Prince was in Cleveland he averaged 10.1 points per game, as well as 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Prince was a reliable backup forward with the Cavaliers, and he could slide back into that role if he rejoined the team. While there might be some reservations due to some history with injuries and availability – if the Cavaliers can bring Prince back on an affordable deal, it would be an overall net positive for the team.
By adding one or both of these veteran forwards to the team, the Cavs would boost their bench scoring significantly.