Former Celtics C Tacko Fall, Cavaliers Agree to Non-Guaranteed 1-Year Contract

Blake SchusterContributor ISeptember 1, 2021

Boston Celtics' Tacko Fall (99) is defended by Charlotte Hornets' Nick Richards (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Cleveland Cavaliers are adding Tacko Fall to an already enormous frontcourt, signing the 7'5" center to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic:

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with 7-foot-5 center Tacko Fall, agents Bill Duffy and Justin Haynes of <a href="https://twitter.com/BDA_Sports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BDA_Sports</a> told <a href="https://twitter.com/TheAthletic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheAthletic</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Stadium?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Stadium</a>. Fall played his first two NBA seasons in Boston.

Fall provided sporadic minutes for the Boston Celtics over the last two seasons while spending time in the G League as well. In 19 NBA games last season, he averaged 2.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over 7.2 minutes per night.

Assuming he makes the Cavs roster, he'll have to contend for minutes alongside Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, Kevin Love and Dean Wade.

While Fall can be a shot-blocking, paint-clogging menace in certain matchups versus slower, Boban Marjanovic-like big men, he's often a liability on the perimeter and in space, though he's been working on that aspect of his game, telling The Athletic's Jared Weiss:

"I think I let other people's perception of how bigs should be affect me. I knew that I could do it, but you always hear that guys as big as me can't move on the perimeter. And I feel like I let those things, before, affect how I was looking at myself. The moment that I started believing that I could do it, then things just changed."

For the Cavs, there weren't too many better depth options still available in free agency. DeMarcus Cousins, Aron Baynes (possibly out for the season with a neck injury), Harry Giles and Bismack Biyombo top the list of UFA centers, and each carries a higher price tag than Fall.