Free Agent No. 2: Torrey Craig, Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns were the busiest time on the first night of NBA Free Agency, signing and re-signing players to fill out a rotation around their three max players. One of the players left out in the shade after their remodel was Torrey Craig, and the Suns’ trash could be Cleveland’s treasure.
Craig has excellent size for a 3-and-D wing, standing 6’7″ with a plus wingspan, and he has been the defensive stopper for a number of good teams in Denver, Milwaukee and Phoenix. If the Cavs are looking for a player who can match up with the likes of Jimmy Butler and Jayson Tatum, Craig is a solid option.
The offensive part of his game is the larger swing factor for Craig. Last season he shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range in a large sample, which is a positive sign, but for his career, he is just a 34.7 percent shooter. His career free-throw mark of 69.6 percent isn’t winning any awards, either. His best role is purely as a spot-up shooter, so whether or not his shots are going in will determine his offensive value.
Craig isn’t worth the investment of the full MLE, but as the market moves on and players sign, Craig looks like he could be signed to the Bi-Annual Exception, or perhaps even to a veteran’s minimum contract, which would start around $2.5 million for him.