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12 Free Agents The Cavs Should Go After This Offseason

Mark J. Rebilas | USA TODAY Sports

Free agency is still a long ways to go but the market is already teeming with solid players that could potentially don Wine and Gold thread next season. The Cavaliers are already loaded with stars so another All Star add is no longer necessary so we identified 11 realistic possibilities involving quality role players that could fortify the team’s second unit. We took into account their probable asking price, the Cavaliers’ cap situation, and other basketball factors that could prompt each one to stay with their team or bolt for Cleveland. The list is also based on the assumption that LeBron James, Kevin Love, and J.R. Smith all pick up their player options, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert, both restricted free agents, are retained, and Timofey Mozgov’s team option is picked up by the Cavs. Note that the team still has a lot of dispensable pieces, Brendan Haywood’s contract being the most significant, which they will likely move to accommodate incoming player salaries.

12 – Wayne Ellington (Unrestricted)

When Wayne Ellington briefly played for the Cavaliers a few years ago, he showed good attitude and was always ready, and fighting, whenever his name gets called as he averaged 10.4 points per game for Cleveland. He is a specialist which every contender needs and his length makes him a decent defender at the shooting guard position. Ellington could be a viable replacement to either Mike Miller or James Jones but it wouldn’t hurt if he ends up being an addition to the Cavaliers’ already deep rotation of snipers. The Cavaliers do have young Joe “Joey Hoops” Harris but Ellington covers more on defense while being an equally capable shooter.

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