The Cavs have been linked to several soon-to-be NBA free agents.
The Cavs are hoping for a big year in 2021. The team drafted Evan Mobley, a self-described generational player, and has made a move for Ricky Rubio, with the hope that those two, plus Jarrett Allen, Larry Nance Jr., and Issac Okoro can help remake the team defensively. The team is far from where J.B. Bickerstaff wants it but they’re on the right path if their goal is to be the Eastern Conference version of the Grit and Grind Grizzlies. They’re rumored to be interested in a few NBA free agents, but how do those guys fit in this team?
That’s what we’re going to talk about, those names that have popped up in rumors with the Cavaliers and how they fit within the team.
Bryn Forbes is a great three-point shooter, and it’s absolutely a need the team has. The team also has an abundance of scoring guards who can’t play defense. Forbes, for as good as he shoots, plays defensively just as badly.
On a different team with different players around him, Forbes is an option. Maybe in Houston or Brooklyn where the play is fast and the emphasis is on pace and not on defense. In Cleveland, however? With J.B. Bickerstaff trying to build a defensive team first and foremost, going as far as to spend two top-five picks in the last two drafts on defensive players, acquiring anyone who doesn’t fit that vision is a mistake.
Forbes is a talent and fits a need but he doesn’t fit the scheme. There are players who can shoot as well as Forbes but can actually play defense.
Fit Grade: D+
His limitations defensively make him a bad long-term fit and considering this may be Koby Altman’s and Bickerstaff’s last year if the team is really garbage, maybe locking someone like Forbes into a long deal isn’t the best idea.