The Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently looking at Mason Plumlee and Naz Reid.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently evaluating their roster. They’re making decisions on who’s going to stay, who’s going to go, and who is going to be brought in. The theme of this offseason, at least so it seems, is investing in the next big man for the club. Right now the Cavs are leaning towards taking a center in the second round of the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft, but they’re also looking at adding a body via free agency.
Two of those names the Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently looking at are Mason Plumlee, the 33-year-old who just played for the Los Angeles Clippers, and Naz Reid, the 23-year-old who played some time for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Chris Fedor, who originally revealed the Cavs’ interest in Plumlee and Reid, has also suggested that the team may take a look at other players as well, saying;
"The Cavs will look at veteran Mason Plumlee and 23-year-old Naz Reid. But the cost could be prohibitive. Dwight Powell, Thomas Bryant, Drew Eubanks, Bismack Biyombo are other possibilities."
Of the two, the Cleveland Cavaliers need to go with Miles Plumlee
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a big issue with size and depth during the 2023 NBA Playoffs, getting out-rebounded by the bigger New York Knicks players late into the series. Early on it was far more of an even split but due to fatigue and not having one another to rely on, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley faltered defensively.
Getting backup is necessary, but Naz Reid may not be the guy for the Cavs. He’s only 6’9, and while he is a tremendous inside scorer for a man of his height, he’s also someone who isn’t a great rebounder. He averaged just four rebounds per game in about 20 minutes played. Plumlee isn’t some rebounding machine either, but he can get you 10 in 30 minutes, or at least seven in 20.
Plumlee is also four inches taller and about the same weight. He’s just a better matchup for most teams in the NBA, especially off the bench.