Unexpected Moves Cleveland Cavaliers Could Make in Free Agency

Patrick ForteCorrespondent IJune 19, 2013

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have the potential to be major players in free agency this offseason. That's what happens when you're projected to have $18 million in cap space and an exciting young roster starring All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

While everyone has predictions and desires on how the team will use their cap room, many ideas tend to overlap. However, with so much money to spend and many directions that the team could go, there are plenty of unexpected moves out there that the Cavaliers could consider and pursue.  


Nate Robinson 

The Chicago Bulls' playoff hero played very well in the absence of Derrick Rose, and with that a return to the Bulls is unlikely, so he will leave and get himself a bigger contract. Robinson averaged 16.3 points and 4.4 assists per game for the Bulls during their run to the second round, starting eight of the team's 12 games.  

With that said, Robinson came off of the bench for most of the regular season, serving as an offensive spark plug who could lead the second unit. Robinson has been an energy scorer off the bench for most of his NBA career, and this is a role he would excel in on the Cavaliers.

Additionally, with the free agency of Shaun Livingston, the Cavaliers currently don't have a backup point guard. Robinson would slide perfectly into this role as it's one he's already accustomed to, and he would bring veteran leadership to a team that may be looking to win now.  

Robinson may come at a price, and it's fair to question how much is too much for a bench player. With that said, Irving has yet to play more than 59 games in an NBA season, so until he proves he can have an injury-free season, it's important for the team to have a competent backup.

With all that he brings to the table, it's easy to see how Robinson could benefit the Cavaliers in the short-term and the long-run.


O.J. Mayo

Speaking of guys who can score, O.J. Mayo had a very nice season for the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 15.3 points per game, a tad bit above his career 15.2 points per contest. Mayo has made a career of coming off the bench and providing instant offense, which the Cavaliers desperately need, as they ranked 18th in the league in scoring last season.

Part of the reason the Cavaliers' scoring was low was because of their lack of three-point shooting, as they rated 22nd in the NBA in three-point percentage. While Irving is a good three-point shooter, the Cavaliers still don't have a player who can spot up and hit the shot on a consistent basis.

Last season Mayo shot 40.7 percent from three, the best mark of his career. Not one on the Cavaliers shot above 40 percent.  

Mayo would fit in very nicely as the Cavalier's sixth man, as he has the offensive prowess to carry the second unit or play off of Irving or Dion Waiters handling the ball if one of them is in the game. With Mayo, the Cavaliers could compete right now for a playoff spot while not ruining all of their cap flexibility.


Byron Mullens

While many casual NBA fans don't know who Byron Mullens is, the player formerly known as B.J. has made great strides over the last two years to improve his game.

Mullens averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Charlotte Bobcats last season, and the 7-footer started 41 games for the squad.  

While the Cavaliers have two good big men in Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao, they don't have a center who can space the floor. Mullens has developed a very solid mid-range game with a decent touch from three-point range.  

Both Varejao and Thompson do most of their scoring inside, which clogs up the paint. With Mullens, the Cavaliers would have a guy who opens up space inside for players like Irving and Waiters to drive to the lane, either getting easy layups or drawing fouls.

Mullens is a restricted free agent, so the Bobcats can match any offer that comes his way. While he may not be the biggest name on the market this summer, Mullens could have a great impact on the Cavaliers.