NBA Free Agency started off with a bang for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They signed point guard Kyrie Irving to a 5 year extension, not officially of course, within hours of the window opening up. Since then a ton of rumors, might bes and could happens have come across on Twitter and the news desk. One new rumor involving the Cavs involves Detroit Pistons restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe:
Hearing: Cleveland is another weighing whether to join the bidding for Pistons RFA Greg Monroe. Atlanta, Portland and Orlando all interested
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2014
Monroe is an interesting player fit with the Cavaliers. He provides very little defense, especially no rim protection, and his floor spacing is limited to the free throw line. The Pistons are also planning to match most offers for Monroe which means the Cavs could waste time for now reason. Yet Sam Amico reports the Cavs are looking for a specific type of big:
Other than those big names, a Cavs priority in free agency is to find big who's somewhat physical, will do dirty work, can pick/roll.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 1, 2014
That sounds a lot like Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao though neither of them is overly large, beefy player who can throw their weight around. Both of them set solid screens, get rebounds and do the dirty work a team needs. Up front the Cavs are lacking athleticism, shot blocking and back to the basket offense.
Monroe is a talented player and would improve the team, but would it be worth it given the clunky fit? How will the Cavs fight off the myriad of teams with cap space to get the right guys at the right price? The competition may be why the Cavs decide to go hard after high level players, offering max type money, instead of overpaying for lesser players, though on less contracts then the big name/money guys.
What are you expecting from the Cavs today?