Cavs Look To Add Scoring And Depth This Summer

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

During the NBA Finals, two things went wrong for the Cavs:

1) Kyrie Irving went down with a fractured knee cap

2) They didn’t have anyone other than Lebron James that can score.

When Kevin Love went down, the Cavs still had Lebron AND Kyrie to lead the offensive charge. Well, at least for a couple games. During the second round against the Bulls, Kyrie went down with a knee sprain in Game 6 which resulted in him missing the first three games against Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Finals. After going down in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the scoring burden was put on Lebron’s broad, tired shoulders. Despite putting on a Finals perfomance for the ages, Lebron and the Cavs fell two wins shy of the city’s first title since 1964, and the first title in Cavalier franchise history.

Don’t take this the wrong way though. Matthew Dellavedova did a great job defensively, especially against Steph Curry. “Delly” just can’t put up the numbers needed to help the offense in case Kyrie goes down again. So here are the primary targets this offeseason:

1) PG Aaron Brooks (6’0″ 161lbs, 30 yrs old)– Brooks was a solid bench player and emergency starter when Derrick Rose went down. He averaged 11.6 PPG with a field goal percentage of 42.1% (38.7% 3PT) while shooting a respectable 83.3% from the foul line. His best year came in 2009-10 when he scored 19.6 PPG and dished out 5.3 APG for the Houston Rockets. For his career, Brooks has averaged 11.2 PPG and is a career 41.5% shooter from the floor.

-ANALYSIS: Brooks fills a need for another scorer, and solid starter in the event that Kyrie goes down for an extended period of time.

2014-15 Salary: $915K

Predicted Contract: 3yrs/$13M

2) SG Rodney Stuckey (6’5″ 205lbs, 29 yrs old)– Rodney Stuckey has shown that he can be a decent scoring option in the past. Averaging 13.3 PPG in his career, Stuckey scored a career high 16.6 PPG in the 2009-10 season for the Detroit Pistons and followed that with a 15.5 PPG season in 2010-11 with 5.2 APG while shooting 43.9% from the floor. This past season, Stuckey was a solid role player for the Indiana Pacers, scoring 12.6 PPG while shooting 44% from the floor.

-ANALYSIS: Stuckey should honestly be the starting shooting guard if he comes to Cleveland. He would fit well in the offense and he does have a little to give on the defensive end as well. Since he most likely won’t be used as a slasher, Stuckey would thrive in an offense that has three absolutely terrifyng offensive threats in Love, Irving and Lebron.

2014-15 Salary: $1.22M

Predicted Contract: 4yr/$14M

3) PG/SG Patrick Beverley (6’1″ 180lbs, 26 yrs old)– While he’s only averaged 8.9 PPG in his career, Beverley is more of a defensive specialist. He brings energy night in and night out, and makes opposing players become frustrated with his tough defense.

-ANALYSIS: Beverley may not be much of an offensive threat, but he has the skills and talent to become a solid role player and decent starter if needed.

2014-15 Salary: $915K

Predicted Contract: 2yr/$5M

4) PG/SG Mo Williams (6’1″ 185lbs, 32 yrs old)– Williams willingly wants to return to the Cavs, and it has fans torn. A good portion of the fans remember him checking out in the playoffs and being a non-factor. Others remember tossing alley-oops to Lebron on the fast break and giving the Cavs a solid 15-18 points a night. In his 2.5 seasons in Cleveland, Williams scored 16.2 PPG and 5.1 APG while shooting 44.3% from the floor (40.8% 3PT). He started 183 of 186 games. He scored 14.2 PPG and doshed out 6.2 APG last year and shot 39.7% from the field.

-ANALYSIS: Mo Williams was brought to Cleveland the first time with a lot  of pressure on him to score. This time around, he’ll have less pressure and should flourish in this offense with Love and Lebron on the floor. Not to mention, he could very well play with Kyrie at the same time, depending on the situation, which will give the Cavs two huge three-point threats.

2014-15 Salary: $3.96M

Predicted Contract: 1yr/$4.5M

Any of these four players will fit a much needed scoring void not only if Kyrie goes down, but will provide an offensive punch off the bench (should J.R. Smith not re-sign). The smart money would probably be on either Stuckey or Beverley, but David Griffin and Dan Gilbert may end up using Brendan Haywood’s expiring $10M contract to grab another player. There were two scenarios that make sense.

1) Trade Haywwod to San Antonio for Boris Diaw and Patty Mills

-or-

2) Trade Haywood to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan

Both trades will be very intriguing and very beneficial for everyone involved. The DeRozan trade is more ideal, since the Cavs would pick up a solid, young starter at shooting guard. Time will only tell, but there are plenty of options to help the Cavs improve and make another run towards an NBA title.

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Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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