After a wildly active start to free agency for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the entire league, the NBA news cycle has slowed down. Teams have spent their money, but there remain numerous talented players available in free agency. This year might have the most forgotten free agents in recent memory.
With more and more talented prospects entering the league every year, this type of situation may only become more common until the NBA expands to 32 teams.
Can the Cleveland Cavaliers find a free agent in this remaining bargain bin of talent this year? To begin free agency, Cleveland acquired Max Strus via sign-and-trade, Georges Niang on the majority of the Mid-Level Exception, Ty Jerome on a near-minimum deal, and then Damian Jones via trade.
Alongside the new faces, Ohio native swingman Caris LeVert signed a new two-year contract to remain with the Cavaliers.
Thus far, the Cavs are bringing four new faces to the Land. Strus, Niang, and Jerome are all proven perimeter threats and significantly improve Cleveland’s long-range presence. With all the new deals, the Cavs are still under the luxury tax threshold and have just shy of $2.1 million of their Bi-Annual Exception left. In short, the Cavaliers have already had a successful offseason, but with so much talent left, Cleveland could walk away with a steal in this year’s free agency.
Where do the Cavaliers go next in free agency?
The Cavaliers do not have any specific needs left. They have bolstered their wing depth, added a backup big, and found another backup guard. Adding another free agent would be adding to an already impressive roster. This gives the signing pure upside, as a poor-fitting player does not harm the team going forward.
Where Cleveland will need to be weary is the price tag, as they only have $2.7 million before they enter the luxury tax. While entering the tax is not the worst possible outcome, going into the tax every year stacks up and becomes a larger barrier for the team’s financial flexibility.
Thus, the Cavs need to look for a quality player on a cheap, minimum deal. Here are three players that could be great signings that are still left on the market.