Re-Grading Every Cleveland Cavaliers Offseason Move
What makes a successful offseason?
For teams on the verge of a title, it usually is all about tweaking an already successful group and re-signing those that could bolt.
For teams that are knee-deep in the lottery, a successful offseason is a bit more difficult to grade.
In the case of the Cleveland Cavaliers, they really had their work cut out for them. They essentially ended last season needing a shooting guard, a small forward and depth everywhere.
Here are their grades thus far for the moves they made during this past offseason.
Re-Signed Alonzo Gee: B+
Alonzo Gee was a nice surprise for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. He stepped in for an ineffective Omri Casspi and added a new slashing ability to their frontcourt.
Heading into the offseason, it was assumed that the Cavs and Gee would get a contract ironed out, but it took well into September before they finally did.
Luckily for Cleveland, Gee signed on the dotted line.
The Cavs got a bargain when they picked up Gee, and spent smart money to keep him.
The contract was for a modest three years and less than $10 million.
Gee is averaging nearly 12 points per game to go along with 1.4 steals and nearly four boards per contest.
While those aren't jaw-dropping numbers, he is a good player that provides penetration and solid defense. Very few teams can boast a better value at their small forward spot. In comparison, the Detroit Pistons are paying Tayshaun Prince twice that amount and getting about the same value.
And Gee is already a better defender than the declining Prince.
Signed C.J. Miles: B-
When Cleveland signed C.J. Miles, I thought it would end up being their best offseason move.
While I perhaps overvalued Miles, he still has been a solid player.
In a lot of ways, he provides what Gee does. He is a slasher that plays solid defense and is a veteran presence on a fairly young team.
Miles also is a bit of a better three-point shooter.
The only reason I didn't grade Miles higher has a lot less to do with him and more to do with the situation. He was expected to start and let Dion Waiters grow into the starting shooting guard spot. But Waiters seized the job and now Miles only plays a little bit less than 20 minutes per game.
He also is only shooting 38 percent from the floor, a pretty awful number for a guy that should be getting to the hoop.
But for a little over $5 million for two years, he still is a bargain.
Drafted Dion Waiters: B+
The biggest need that Cleveland had this offseason was their shooting guard position. They were not likely to be okay starting Daniel Gibson opposite Kyrie Irving, so they went out and bolstered that position.
And it can be argued that Waiters has proven himself to be the best shooting guard in his draft class thus far.
Waiters is not without his flaws. He lacks shooting discipline, he sometimes gambles too much on defense and he is a rather weak rebounder even for a guard.
But who can deny his raw ability to score? He is averaging over 15 points per game and is shooting better from deep than originally thought (36 percent).
His shooting from the field is putrid right now (36 percent), but a lot of that is a byproduct of having to carry the team in Irving's absence.
Look for his scoring to go up and his shooting percentage to level out at about 42 percent before the season ends.
Drafted Tyler Zeller: C+
When the Cavs drafted Tyler Zeller with the 17th pick overall, he was somewhat of a steal. Zeller had been predicted to go as high as top 10, so the fact that he fell to them had fans excited.
So far in his young career, Zeller has shown both why he is a steal and why he may have fallen.
His numbers aren't bad for a backup center. He is averaging seven points, five boards and close to a block every game.
He runs the court really well and has sneaky athletic ability. His length is always going to help his cause even if his jumping ability won't.
But Zeller lacks the strength to bang down low, and his lower body strength in particular will get him pushed around most nights.
While I don't think he will ever be a starter in this league, he still provides value up front.
Of those drafted behind him, only Jared Sullinger stands out as having similar numbers. This was a good value pick.
Traded for Jeremy Pargo: B-
When the Cavs traded D.J. Kennedy for Jeremy Pargo and a future second-round draft pick, it seemed like somewhat of a nothing trade.
Sure, the Cavs needed depth everywhere, so it wasn't a terrible idea. But Pargo really hasn't distinguished himself as a pro.
Luckily for Cleveland, they made this move.
Kyrie Irving went down early, leaving the Cavs to scramble for a fill-in. Pargo assumed the reins ably, starting 11 games.
For the season, he is averaging nearly 11 points per game to go along with just over three assists and shooting just shy of 35 percent from three-point range.
His assist to turnover ratio isn't great, but considering how cheap Pargo came, this was another solid move.
Signed Jon Leuer: D
Okay, so it is kind of hard to talk about Jon Leuer since we barely ever see the guy in action.
Leuer has played in only five games this season and has not distinguished himself with his play during those brief glimpses.
But at the end of the day, he was a cheap seven-footer that can run the floor. He is mainly an insurance policy should the Cavs have drastic injuries up front to Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson or Tyler Zeller.
Overall, Leuer doesn't really bring much to the table other than taking up space, which actually isn't a bad thing when it comes to big men.