1. Max Strus
Strus had a breakout fourth season where he blossomed into a starter and key contributor in the Heat’s run to the NBA Finals. His counting stats dipped a bit in the playoffs, but he was still playing 28 minutes per game and doing plenty to help his team win. The 6’5 wing is another undrafted success story for Miami.
The 27-year-old played so well that Cleveland signed him to a four-year $62.3 million contract this summer and gave up Cedi Osman, Lamar Stevens, and two second-round picks to land him in a sign-and-trade. $15.5 million per season is a lot of money for a player who has played over 25 minutes per game just once in his career and has produced a negative box score plus-minus in two of the last three years.
Strus averaged 11.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 28.4 minutes per game last season on 41.0 percent shooting from the field and 35.0 percent on his 3-point tries. His shooting has been inconsistent, and Strus must continue improving to live up to his new contract.
Things could go south quickly in Cleveland, especially if Max Strus is only playing 25 minutes per game and shooting 33 percent from 3-point range. The 27-year-old should be in his prime, but there are no guarantees this deal works out.
The Cleveland Cavaliers improved their roster this offseason, but will they regret the moves by January? Stay tuned to find out.