Cleveland Cavaliers free agency rumors: 3 realistic forward targets

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3. Josh Jackson

If Cleveland doesn’t want to waste time waiting for Hernangomez to clear, one player they might want to take “a long look at” is Memphis forward Josh Jackson, according to Hollinger.

Jackson is just three years removed from making the All-Rookie team as member of the Phoenix Suns. As the fourth pick in the 2017 draft, Jackson went on to average a career high 13.1 point per game.

The Suns traded him to the Grizzlies last July, and the former prospect was shipped off to the G-League before being recalled to the NBA.

This past season, he averaged 10.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18 games for the Grizzlies.

Like Jones, he’s not a lethal threat from 3-point territory, as he’s averaging just a tick under 30 percent for his career.

Hollinger noted, it would be “Insane” to commit a full mid-level exception to Jackson, but a portion of the money could be used to sign him on a multi-year pact “would be a good way to target their rebuild strategy.”

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Since there is no transformational player arriving in Cleveland this offseason, the Cavs have to continue their strategy of adding young players with potential and hope something hits. Jackson definitely fits this category.