The Cleveland Cavaliers upgraded their roster this offseason after a disappointing first-round playoff exit. They had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference during the regular season but won just one postseason game. The Cavs had to improve on the wing and were not afraid to overpay to do it.
Max Strus and Georges Niang were the additions, and Cleveland re-signed Caris LeVert. They have more depth and options, especially in the postseason, but questions remain. Can the Cavaliers win in the playoffs with two small guards and two big men as their four best players? Year one was a disappointment, and the Cavs have to act fast because Donovan Mitchell may not stay with the team long-term.
Will the team’s offseason additions payoff? There could be second-guessing as the calendar flips to 2024, especially if the wings are not improving their play. Will the Cavs want a do-over?
Signings Cleveland Cavaliers will regret come January
4. Ty Jerome
The Cavs used their bi-annual exception to sign Jerome to a two-year $5 million contract, but his fit is unclear. The 26-year-old former first-round pick has been extremely inconsistent and struggled to get steady playing time in his first four seasons.
His career numbers are solid but look no further than his 3-point percentage to showcase the peaks and valleys. Jerome is a career 35.2 percent shooter from long range, but he has twice shot under 30 percent and twice made over 38.
The 6’5 wing struggles mightily on the defensive end of the floor but has shown scoring and playmaking flashes. Will the Cavaliers get the guy shooting 37 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range or the one that hits 48 percent and nearly 40 from long range? They will certainly regret the signing if it is the former.
The 26-year-old should be entering his prime and has upside, but the inconsistency will likely lead to regret for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the two-year pact.