The Cavs are rumored to be interested in Bryn Forbes.
The latest Cavs rumor has the team linked to Bryn Forbes, formerly of the Milwaukee Bucks. The newly crowned NBA Champion Forbes does fit a need for Cleveland with his outside shooting, so the rumor fits with the greater needs of the team. He also joins a list of possible free agents that includes the likes of Alex Caruso, T.J. McConnell, and Doug McDermott, all of whom Cleveland is interested in.
If the Cavs can land any of them, they’ll join new Cavaliers player Evan Mobley and Ricky Rubio in remaking the team to be more explosive offensively and more stable defensively. The defense was atrocious last year and a lot of that falls on Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, so upgrading the defensive capabilities of the guards as a whole is a need.
The team also shot poorly from three, so it’s no surprise that most of the guys the team is looking at have excellent scoring prowess from beyond the arc.
Bryn Forbes fits a need with the Cavs but not a scheme fit
Like with McConnell and McDermott, Forbes provides something the team is lacking. In his case, it’s three-point shooting. Same with McDermott. McConnell was an option because the team needed a second ball-handler, which is no longer a need due to the Rubio trade. The team still needs three-point shooting, so McDermott and Forbes make a lot of sense.
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The problem comes from the fact that both are bad on defense. In Forbes’ case, he’s downright terrible (not that McDermott isn’t). So adding Forbes may help the team with its three-point shooting but at what cost?
It may not be in vogue at the moment, but the team needs to focus on getting guys who can play defense first and score second. Adding more turnstile players like Sexton and Garland is only going to further compound the team’s biggest issue in 2020, which was second-half defense.
Namely, in the third quarter, where the Cavs fell apart the most. That’s not to say that Forbes isn’t a guy to keep an eye on, just not with the guards the team currently has. McDermott makes more sense, as he’d be playing a wing position and wouldn’t be adding to a defensive depth issue at guard.
For guards, McConnell or Caruso makes more sense for a defensive-minded team.