Working his way back from a foot injury that cost him nearly all of the 2021-22 season, T.J. Warren played 46 games last year as a member of both the Brooklyn Nets and the Phoenix Suns. Warren is one of the higher-upside free agents still available, who, should his health allow, offers a relatively rare skillset.
For a Cavaliers team that has at times struggled to generate points, Warren is a talented scorer with a well-rounded offensive game. The swing skill for Warren has always been his three-point shooting. He shot over 40 percent in the two seasons prior to his injury before dropping down to 32.8 percent last year.
At its core, signing Warren would be a bet on finding another playable wing, a guy with enough size to hold his own on defense and enough offensive skill to capitalize on the advantages created by Cleveland’s stars. In the best-case scenario, Warren can even provide an element of creation that is lacking from the Cavs’ other role players. Few free agents have the potential to outperform a minimum contract to the degree that Warren does, making him a worthy gamble for the Cavaliers.