Cleveland Cavaliers: Free Agents Worth Spending for This Offseason
The Cleveland Cavaliers have plenty of decisions to make in the coming month, including finding the right players to build around through the draft as well as free agency.
What new faces we'll see in the Cavaliers' starting roster entering next season still remains a mystery, but I'm here to shed some light on the possibilities.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has made it known that he is willing to spend money in order to build a winning NBA team, and there's no better place to find the team's missing piece and simultaneously blow big bucks than free agency.
Let's focus on the free agents that would be worth the extra coin to see in wine and gold.
Eric Gordon, SG, Restricted Free Agent
If the Cavaliers do not end up selecting Bradley Beal with the fourth overall pick in the draft, the team would be hard-pressed to find a better shooting guard in free agency than Eric Gordon.
The main drawback with trying to sign Gordon is going to be how much Cleveland would really have to drop for the fourth-year guard.
Currently, it's $5.1 million to make a qualifying offer, but after proving himself as a top-15 scorer in the league, it's apparent that Gordon will be a very rich man with whatever team he suits up for next season.
The main reason Gordon would be worth making such a huge offer for is that he is just 23 years old right now, and pairing him with point guard Kyrie Irving would instantly give Cleveland the youngest, and arguably most talented, backcourt in the NBA.
Now that he'll undoubtedly have the opportunity to play with Anthony Davis, it's hard to imagine that Gordon, a restricted free agent, wouldn't like to build an exciting new team in his current home with the Hornets.
But then again, money always seems to have the final say in the matter.
Roy Hibbert, C, Restricted Free Agent
With the lack of a true center, the Cavaliers are going to try and get a big man this offseason, whether it's through the draft or free agency.
Andre Drummond will likely be available with the fourth pick come June 28, but it would take substantial time to develop the rookie into a formidable center, something Pacers center Roy Hibbert just established himself as in 2012.
Hibbert became the big, imposing player in the block this season that he always had the potential to be, and it's likely going to earn him a big paycheck.
Beyond Anthony Davis, the center options in this year's draft are uncertainties and experiments, but that's basically what Roy Hibbert was when he came out of Georgetown four years ago.
It will be very intriguing to see if the Cavs make a play for Hibbert, but the big man has announced he'd like to remain an Indiana Pacer.
Nicolas Batum, SF, Restricted Free Agent
As expressed before, the Cavaliers free agency moves will be heavily dictated by the team's draft selections, and if Cleveland decides to take North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes at No.4, there will be no need to pursue a small forward via free agency.
If the Cavs do not fill that hole with a pick, they'll need to make a move at some free agent small forwards, and Nicolas Batum would be the best available.
Cleveland is unlikely to be on Batum's radar as of now because he said he has 10 teams in mind, according to Basketsession.com.
Batum will test free agency waters beginning July 1, and if the 23-year-old native of France is still available, Cleveland would have to spend some serious money to entice the small forward.
Brook Lopez, C, Restricted Free Agent
Lopez's injury problems are a clear drawback to signing the 24-year-old center, but he has also proven to be a great scoring threat, averaging more than 20 points a game in the 2010-11 season.
The entire Nets roster seems to be up in the air right now with so many starters entering free agency, but the Cavs may be able to sign Lopez for less than expected if he is replaced by Dwight Howard.
An established, young center would be ideal for the Cavaliers franchise moving forward, and Kyrie Irving would benefit greatly from playing with an offensive-minded big man.
Nick Young, SG, Unrestricted Free Agent
Nick Young is entering this year's free agent market as an unrestricted free agent, and would be an ideal fit in a Cavaliers uniform.
It would be logical for the Los Angeles Clippers to try and keep the talented shooting guard, but if they don't make the right offer and the Cavs are still in need of a two, expect Cleveland to make a move for him.
Young is a pure scoring shooting guard who would be an excellent offensive option, something that is few and far between on the Cavs roster.
Kyrie Irving would be elated to have a three-point threat and starting shooting guard, such as Young, to complement him.
It will certainly be intriguing to see who Dan Gilbert and company will be targeting starting July 1.
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