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3 Players the Cavaliers Could Pursue in 2019 Free Agency

Zach Brunner
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Among the worst teams in the NBA last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a tough spot. Not only do they have close to zero chance of landing any of the top free agents this summer, but they also have almost no money to spend. As the roster sits right now, the Cavs have an expected $136 million payroll next season, with the salary cap being $109 million.

However, the team will likely move some pieces to free up money to potentially sign a few players. With that expectation, here are the three players the Cavs could pursue in free agency.

3. Furkan Korkmaz, SG

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The 21-year-old guard is still an unproven talent in the NBA, but given his age and his first-round pedigree, he could be a nice fit in Cleveland. Korkmaz averaged about 14 minutes per game for the 76ers this past season, averaging 5.8 points per game with a 32.6 percent 3-point percentage. He plays on the Turkish National Team with current Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, which could help facilitate a match between Korkmaz and Cleveland.

2. Terrence Ross, SG/SF

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Terrence Ross has the versatility to play either shooting guard or small forward and would slot right into the Cavs starting lineup. The 6' 7" swingman enjoyed a career year with the Orlando Magic last season, averaging 15.1 points, 2.7 3-pointers and 3.5 rebounds per game while connecting on 38.3 percent of his 3-point attempts. Depending what the Cavaliers do on draft night and how they make out in the trade market, Ross could be a nice piece (he's still only 28) to help lead a rebuilding team.

1. David Nwaba, SG

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Re-signing David Nwaba is the most likely move for the Cavs this offseason, and it should also be one of the team's top priorities. At 6' 4" with a 7-foot wingspan, Nwaba proved to be the team's best defender last season. While he only put up 6.5 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game in the 2018-19 season, it's Nwaba versatility and defensive ability that could help Cleveland moving forward.


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