Cavs Rumors: Insiders Rip Cleveland's 3-Point Shooting Despite Donovan Mitchell Trade

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 12, 2022

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber, left, defends as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) attempts a 3-point basket in the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be better in a lot of ways next year after acquiring Donovan Mitchell, but one weakness could be outside shooting.

According to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com, two insiders called the team's three-point shooting "a major problem."

The biggest concern is at small forward with both Caris LeVert and Isaac Okoro considered below-average outside shooters. This could clog the lane with Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley inside also limiting the driving abilities of Mitchell and Darius Garland.

Cleveland finished 20th in the NBA in made threes last year, and that was before dealing away Lauri Markkanen, who has averaged over two made threes per game every year of his career, and Collin Sexton, who is a 37.8 percent career three-point shooter.

One solution could be getting more playing time for Kevin Love, a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year last season. A source suggested that Mobley is "athletic enough" to play small forward, per Pluto, which could create a huge lineup featuring Mobley, Love and Allen in the frontcourt.

Love's ability to stretch the floor (39.2 percent three-point shooting in 2021-22) could bring some much-needed balance to the offense.