The Cleveland Cavaliers would be wise to look at Dwight Powell in free agency.
The theme of the offseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers surrounds the idea of patching the many holes the team has. They need another shooter off the bench, another big man that can play minutes without the team losing as much as they did this past season, as well as a starting small forward.
Two of these things are easier to pull off, obviously. While the team is going to have to get creative with finding a small forward they can afford to pursue, the team isn’t as handcuffed when trying to find a big man that can be useful. Enter Dwight Powell.
Powell, after spending his career with the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks, the latter of whom he is most associated with, will be a free agent this upcoming offseason. And according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs could have an interest in him.
And if they do, they may be finding a solid third big off the bench.
Dwight Powell isn’t perfect but he gives the Cleveland Cavaliers a solid upside
Powell isn’t a big scorer and isn’t a heavy-handed rebounder. He averages just about five rebounds per 20 minutes of action. The Cavs may want a bigger rebounder, but Powell fits well in what the Cavs need the most of; he’s great at helping create offense through his pick-and-rolls at the top of the key and his excellent low-post defense.
In some ways, he doesn’t offer up much more offensively or defensively than Dean Wade and in some respects you’re right. Wade isn’t a big rebounder, and can also play fantastic defense, but the thing that makes Wade and Powell different is that Powell has helped facilitate some of the best offense Dallas has had through his pick-and-pop gameplay with Luka Doncic.
Doncic and Donovan Mitchell score in similar wars, so it’s very likely that someone like Powell will be able to help the stars of the Cavs get open. Powell isn’t a perfect option for the Cavs but due to a lack of available funds, the team may have to settle for good enough and Powell may just be good enough for the Cavs coming off the bench.