2 reasons why the Cavaliers should sign Mo Bamba in free agency

Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic. (Photo by Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)
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Reason #2: Mo Bamba’s shooting ability

By fulfilling two important roles, Mo Bamba can contribute both shooting and size off the bench. In his 40 games with the Magic this season, Bamba impressively shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range on just under three attempts per game.

Throughout his five seasons in the league, Bamba’s three-point attempt rate has consistently been between 40 and 50 percent, significantly higher than the league average. His willingness to take shots from beyond the arc can divert defensive attention away from other playmakers and make their job easier.

Having a 7-footer who can protect the rim and provide floor spacing would be a breath of fresh air for a team that already boasts Mobley and Allen. The Cavs have experienced stretches in games over the past two seasons where nobody seems to be able to hit a shot and create space against the defense.

Bringing in Cedi Osman was a temporary solution this past season, as he is not hesitant to shoot, but he was targeted by opponents such as Jalen Brunson. Bamba’s offensive versatility opens up the possibility of deploying more creative lineups when opposing teams believe they have figured out the Cavaliers’ strategies.

Given the clear necessity to add more big men to the roster and the team’s need for floor spacing, Mo Bamba emerges as a strong candidate for the Cavs.

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As long as the market doesn’t overestimate Bamba’s value, and he is willing to accept a contract below the $10 million he was waived for, the proposed price range would be reasonable for the Cavaliers to consider offering.