The Cleveland Cavaliers made three signings through the first 24 hours of free agency.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are making moves, which is not surprising. They had their first winning season without LeBron James in over 20 years during the 2021-2022 season, and had it not been for the dumb “play-in” tournament, they would’ve been in the playoffs
Sure, other issues helped curtail their season. Situations like Caris LeVert never finding his grove, season-ending injuries to Ricky Rubio and Collin Sexton, and constant nagging injuries to everyone else it seemed, and yeah, they fell apart down the stretch. All that was a major factor in the season getting away from the Cavaliers.
So the offseason was, not surprisingly, about keeping the team intact for the most part. Moves were made to shore up the roster and rotations but really only one signing so far was done with the intention of making an immediate impact on the squad going into the 2022-2023 season.
The other signings were veteran guys who can come in, help fill out a roster, and push the younger guys to play better.
Speaking of which, the signings do complicate the roster some, as the team now has 16 active roster members, and that doesn’t seem to include Isiah Mobley, who some were thinking would make the big league club coming out of camp.
Clubs can carry 20 guys on their roster during the offseason but most of the guys are pretty secure in their roles, so it’s very possible one of these free agents is moved, or end up replacing a guy like Dylan Windler or Lamar Stevens in the rotation.
So we’ll have to have that conversation eventually, but until then, let’s take a look at the new Cavaliers.