Former Cavs free agent No. 3: George Hill
George Hill has changed his role over the course of his 15-year career, but his skillset has been largely the same. He is an excellent shooter and defender who can handle the ball but is also well-equipped to work off-ball, allowing him to thrive alongside on-ball wings such as Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo and, once upon a time, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Now 37 years old, Hill ended last season with the Indiana Pacers and is currently without an NBA home. He still seems to have enough in the tank to be a solid locker room veteran and occasional rotation piece at either guard position; a team such as Philadelphia or Miami could make sense to bolster their point guard rotation.
Former Cavs free agent No. 4: Tristan Thompson
One of the core members of the Cleveland Cavaliers when they made four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, Tristan Thompson is still hanging around the league as a journeyman big man. After spending much of last year working as an analyst, Thompson stepped back onto the court with the Los Angeles Lakers for the final weeks of the season and playoffs.
The Cavs could potentially sign Thompson to be a veteran voice and to provide emergency big man depth, but with Damian Jones such a questionable option it’s likely the Cavs try to add someone with a bit more upside. If they think Isaiah Mobley is that player, perhaps Thompson gets a look.
None of these players are locks or even likely to return to Cleveland, but it’s always possible. With players such as Robin Lopez, Kevin Love and Dylan Windler already signing elsewhere, the list of Cavaliers alumni on the free agent market has thinned out; could any of these four be an impact player this season?