It's no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers are a rebuilding team. And with Andre Drummond's $28.7 million player option, the Cavs don't have much money to spend this offseason. They have the young backcourt of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton, and they have a very solid frontcourt committee (assuming Drummond and Thompson both come back). That leaves a hole at the small forward. And while Cedi Osman is not bad at all, the Cavaliers will need a solid second option for small forward. This would let Kevin Porter Jr stay as a backup small forward instead of having him switch positions. Here are 5 free agents that I think would be a fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers in this upcoming offseason.
After being selected fourth overall in 2017, Josh Jackson has surely disappointed. Over his 3-year career, he's averaged 11.9 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. Now, you're probably looking at those stats thinking, "not bad at all!" and you'd be right. Jackson would bring a good amount of scoring to the team, and his potential is still there. If used correctly, Jackson could turn out to be a decent selection, and while it's unlikely that he would start over Cedi Osman, he would be a great bench player if needed.
Another early draft pick, Kidd-Gilchrist was taken 2nd overall in 2011. He's never been a scorer, and is often made fun of for his awkward jump shot. He is a great defender though, and could bring some much needed defense to this team. He also can get a decent amount of rebound for a small forwards, averaging 7.6 total rebounds per game in his best season. Kidd-Gilchrist would not start in front of Osman, but would be a great bench defender, and would be a solid fit for this team.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is another small forward that won't be added to provide buckets, but will give you solid defense and some rebounding. He's similar to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but with better shooting, and he's younger. In his best year (2017-18), he averaged 13.9 PPG and 6.8 APG, similar numbers to what he could get if he were the starting/backup small forward in Cleveland. There's no harm in signing young players who still have room to develop, so why not take a chance on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson?
Bobby Portis is who I'd most like to see join the Cavaliers. He's a good mix of shooting and grabbing boards, and would fit well as the first or second man off of the bench. Portis would be a great consideration if Tristan Thompson is not resigned, and if Thompson IS resigned, Portis could be a backup power forward. His best season was with the Bulls and Wizards (he was traded mid-season) where he averaged 14.2 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. Portis could fit in well with the Cavaliers bench, possibly moving Larry Nance to the small forward where he can play like at times.
Derrick Jones Jr.
The final signing that I suspect is athletic small forward Derrick Jones Jr. Exciting playmaking and extreme athleticism is something that the Cavaliers would love to bring in. He's getting better every year, and could be a potential Most Improved award winning candidate, not to mention he's a dunk contest winner who would bring flashy play. I can see him as a realistic signing for the Cavaliers, he would likely be the starter for this team and would grow well alongside Darius Garland and Collin Sexton.