Caris LeVert may have a large role in the Cavaliers system in 2022-2023.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have an interesting season in 2022-2023. Darius Garland is the head of the team and Jarrett Allen is the next great defensive big man in the league, with the multi-tool youngster in Evan Mobley flanking him and making his job far easier than it has any right to be. The Cavs are poised for big things, which means rumors abound. The team has been the center point for a lot of rumors involving Caris LeVert, like a potential departure.
Evan Dammarell of Right Down Euclid has revealed that despite rumors, LeVert is currently the starter at the two-guard next to Garland, though he did say “for now”.
Dammarell went on to say;
"Sources say that, for now, LeVert is penciled in as the starting shooting guard next to [Darius] Garland in the backcourt. Cleveland likes his ability as a bigger guard to relieve defensive attention off of guard as well as his ability to create individually on the offensive side of the ball as well."
Cavs should move on from Caris LeVert if an upgrade is possible
Dammarell went on to talk about the girth of talent on the roster and cited that LeVert and Collin Sexton will have to compete for minutes with the likes of Raul Neto, Ricky Rubio, and Isaac Okoro, Dylan Windler, Cedi Osman, and others. Considering this team will likely only play nine guys per game, that means someone is getting left out in the cold.
LeVert didn’t come in and do anything that was promised or hoped for. He couldn’t create with the ball, he wasn’t a good defender and his three-point shot was not great. He’s not a very good option, but unless the Cavs have their eyes on a realistic upgrade, he’s fine.
In essence. As a player, in a vacuum, there’s no reason to move on from him unless he’s part of a package to improve your team.
Here’s the problem; he’s on the last year of his contract and he’ll be more looking for the four-year, $100 extension he’s eligible for. The Cavs may give him that if he plays well, but he’s really only had one really good year as a player, as injuries and illness have hampered him otherwise.
Which is a big reason to be hesitant. Not only are the injuries and missed time a concern, but he’s also not a player that fits stylistically on the team. The Cavs have a lot of mid-range scorers like him, what they lack is a stretch player, who can shoot from three. They have a few players who can do that, but of every player who averaged 10 minutes or more a game in 2021-2022, the Cavaliers had zero 40% shooters from three.
That’s why trading LeVert for a guy like Gordon Hayward is so enticing, he can stretch the court in ways LeVert can’t, but I don’t think that rumored trade is going to happen at this point, or it would’ve already.