Cleveland Cavaliers depth chart after free agency signings

Ty Jerome, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Free Agency has been a very different experience for a number of teams. The Phoenix Suns signed seven players and counting to completely remake their roster around a “Big 4” of stars. The Orlando Magic, at the other end of the spectrum, added one new player and re-signed another. The Cleveland Cavaliers were somewhere in the middle with work left to do.

Thus far, the Cavaliers re-signed Caris LeVert, signed Ty Jerome and Georges Niang, traded for Damian Jones and then pulled off a sign-and-trade to swap Cedi Osman and Lamar Stevens for Max Strus. We last looked at the depth chart after the NBA Draft, and in less than two weeks things look very different.

What does the depth chart look like a week into free agency? Let’s break it down by position.

Updated depth chart: The Guards

Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland remain as the headliners of the backcourt, and despite some unsubstantiated rumors of a Garland trade, there is essentially no chance that the Cavs break this pairing up this season.

Heading into free agency the Cavaliers needed to invest in another point guard, and they did so by signing Ty Jerome away from the Golden State Warriors. It’s not quite as satisfying as stealing the 2016 title from the Warriors, but it will do. Jerome was one of the league’s best two-way players last season and is even odds with Ricky Rubio to be the primary backup to Garland.

The Cavs also added undrafted guard Craig Porter Jr., signing him to the new third two-way contract slot added this summer. He fought his way up the college ranks and will look to do the same in the NBA with the Cavaliers, but if he’s receiving NBA minutes this season it’s almost certainly in garbage time.