The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to take a giant leap forward in their rebuilding project in the draft on June 28. This, however, will not solve all of the team's issues, so they will need to look at free agents to improve more.
This class is headlined by Nets' stud point guard Deron Williams. Williams is rumored to have a strong interest in joining Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks in their pursuit of another championship. Not that it matters, though, because I couldn't imagine him having any desire to live in Cleveland for an extended period of time anyway.
Cross him off the list.
There are also a number of aging superstars who will hit the market—namely Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. But don't get your hopes up because it's not happening. The Cavs will be looking for players who fit into their long-term plans and these three just don't fit the bill. Not to mention that they probably wouldn't want to spend their last stint in the league playing for a team that's in rebuild mode.
The list is shortened even further.
In addition to the aforementioned veteran studs, several of the leagues budding stars in Eric Gordon, Roy Hibbert and Brook Lopez could be available. Sounds perfect, right?
All three of them are restricted free agents and thus would likely require max contract offers to potentially steal them away from their respective teams. But they simply are not worth that kind of money—especially considering the injury history of both Gordon and Lopez—and just one bad signing like that could leave the team handicapped for years.
Now that we know who the Cavs shouldn't be going after, let's take a look at the top six realistic options for them this summer.