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Possible Starting Small Forwards for Next Season (Non Rookies)

I've already looked at some starting centers for the Cavs and now I'm looking at our other gaping hole among the starters: the small forward position. There are a few former stars on this list who could be attained cheaply, and also some free agents. I've also named a bench small forward who I think could be a great acquisition.

Statistics from www.basketball-reference.com, contract information from www.spotrac.com

Sorry about the tables, I don't know what went wrong with them. They're still readable so I won't change them.

Shawn Marion: ($9.1 million ETO)

Per 36:

FG%

3P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

.514

.315

.782

9.4

2.9

1.3

0.8

14.5

Advanced:

PER

TS%

eFG%

TRB%

AST%

TOV%

USG%

18.0

.553

.531

14.5

13.1

12.3

19.0

The player with the most hilarious release in the NBA could fit well on this team. A fairly efficient scorer with a FG% of 0.514 this season, he would be a decent 3rd/4th scoring option. The man can also rebound incredibly well for a small forward, with 9.4 rebounds per 36 minutes. Unfortunately he’s a poor 3 point shooter, shooting 31.5% from deep this season. I’m not sure on how his defense is ageing, but I think it’s still decent. But what’s his best trait for this Cavs team? VETERAN LEADERSHIP!!!!! But seriously, Marion has played for a while and has been an important player on a championship team. This team needs more veterans, we’re not going to be winning a championship without experienced players. Even though it’s doubtful that Marion will still be around by the time this team is competing for a ring, his experience is still vital right now for our young bloods.

It all sounds great doesn't it? What’s stopping Chris Grant from talking to Dallas about him right now? Marion’s got an early termination option for next season, and while paying $9.1 million for him next season doesn't harm this team at all (and won’t be on the books for the 2014 free agent class) it’s unknown if Marion is willing to play on a team that’s not a genuine contender. We can trade for him, but he could just turn down the money. If he was willing to come to Cleveland next season, what would we need to give up? It depends on what Dallas is thinking of doing next season. If they want to tank, a 2nd rounder should be fine. But with Dirk still balling I doubt they’re thinking of this. I thought that this would end the chance of Marion coming to Cleveland until I read an article by Larry Coon on Houston’s and Dallas’ cap situations for next season. He basically said they wouldn't be able to sign a max contract unless they made a few changes. He said: "Both teams can potentially clear additional salary by making a trade as a prelude to a Howard deal. For example, if the Mavs persuade a team to take Marion off their hands (with little or no salary coming back), they will be able to offer Howard a deal at the maximum." How about next year’s second rounder Dallas?

Larry Coon article here: http://cbafaq.com/blog/?p=181

Danny Granger: (1 year, $14 million)

Per 36: (Last season)

FG%

3P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

.416

.381

.873

5.4

1.9

1.1

0.7

20.2

Advanced: (Last season)

PER

TS%

eFG%

TRB%

AST%

TOV%

USG%

18.6

.542

.481

8.4

9.7

9.3

25.9

Granger is a big unknown after he was basically non-existent this season. I think that if there’s any chance his knee is good, we should move for him. His contract expires after next season so he won’t be a burden if his knee plays up again, but if he plays well here we could sign him to a cheaper contract if the pursuit of LeBron is unsuccessful. He’s also an experienced campaigner, and he would add so much to our offense. But what will he cost? CJ or Gee plus our two 2nd rounders? This could be a trade that occurs mid-season. If it does, we’ll have more knowledge of Grangers’ knee and also more pieces to trade.

Dorell Wright: (Free agent)

Per 36:

FG%

3P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

.396

.374

.851

6.1

3.0

1.3

0.7

14.7

Advanced:

PER

TS%

eFG%

TRB%

AST%

TOV%

USG%

16.0

.551

.508

9.6

13.1

8.8

18.7

Wright is a very good role player, and he would fit well with Kyrie, Dion and TT surrounding him. He’s got a good 3-pointer (.374 this season) however his FG% is slightly low at .396. This could be attributed to the fact that Philly has the worst PPG in the league however, since throughout his career it’s been .431. He’s currently earning $4.1 million for this season, and I feel that a 3 year, $15 million offer would be appropriate. He’s a solid player, certainly not a star but he’s the type of player who could start for us next season, then come off the bench if we get a better SF from the 2014 free agent class.

Andre Iguodala: ($16.2 million ETO)

Per 36:

FG%

3P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

.451

.317

.574

5.5

5.6

1.8

0.7

13.4

Advanced:

PER

TS%

eFG%

TRB%

AST%

TOV%

USG%

15.2

.520

.502

8.5

22.4

17.1

18.8

Iggy is one of my favourite players but I don’t see him playing for Cleveland any time soon, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Andre will be one of the biggest fishes in this free agency period so he’ll be taking home a damn good salary (every NBA player does, but Iggy’s will be higher than all but a handful). He will be worth the money in his first two, maybe three seasons of the deal but it’s very likely that his play will drop off after that. He relies on his athleticism to be a star and when that goes he won’t be worth more than $10 million. On top of all this, he’ll choose Denver over Cleveland anyway. Looking at his offensive stats reinforces my view that he won’t be worth what he’ll earn. A shooting line of 45.1/31.7/57.4 with a 15.2 PER? That's not worth a contract that takes up a huge chunk of our salary cap, and those stats will probably get worse when his athleticism goes. He’s just not worth the money long-term.

Paul Pierce: ($15.3 million player option)

Per 36:

FG%

3P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

.436

.380

.787

6.8

5.2

1.2

0.4

20.0

Advanced:

PER

TS%

eFG%

TRB%

AST%

TOV%

USG%

19.1

.559

.502

11.2

25.1

14.3

27.4

With Boston’s capitulation at the hands of New York in the playoffs it seems that FINALLY the Celtics are going to rebuild. This means that The Truth will most likely be traded, with either a young player or draft pick going to Boston in return. Paul Pierce is everything Cleveland needs at the 3: a good shooter and leader, someone who can score with the best of them and also teach this team. The big problem with all of this? Other teams will be after him too so he won’t be going cheaply. Also, he may want to go to a championship contender. Pierce doesn’t have a no trade clause in his contract but there’s no way Boston is trading him to a franchise he doesn’t want to be at. The Clippers were linked before the trade deadline and I’m sure they’ll revive their interest. Our Lakers pick will probably need to be used if we want to have any chance of getting Pierce. Is it worth it for one season of Paul Pierce? I think that other small forward options are available for less but still, THIS IS PAUL FREAKING PIERCE!! I definitely won’t be complaining if he’s playing in Cleveland next season. However, while Paul Pierce is the perfect option for Cleveland, Cleveland isn’t the perfect option for Pierce next season.

Jordan Hamilton: ($1.17 million, $2.1 million team option)

Per 36:

FG%

3P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

PTS

.418

.370

.500

8.6

2.1

1.4

0.7

18.9

Advanced:

PER

TS%

eFG%

TRB%

AST%

TOV%

USG%

16.9

.490

.485

13.4

9.2

8.2

25.3

Here’s my smoky. He’s stuck behind the glutton of wings on Denver so he hardly gets a chance to play, so much so that he’s only played 40 games this season. He can shoot it from deep (.370 behind the arc) and he also averages 8.6 rebounds per 36. Denver is awfully close to the luxury tax line, and I was thinking they might not want to pay Hamilton if he won’t play much. Maybe a 2nd rounder would suffice? He's not good enough yet to start but I think he’d be a great player to have late in our rotation. Since he’s only played 2 seasons he has plenty of upside. DO IT CG!!! I’m firmly on #TeamHamilton (is this even a thing for NBA players?)

All of these players have pros and cons but here's my ranking of them for our starting SF spot due to talent, availability and cost of acquisition:

1. Dorell Wright (is a free agent, won't affect cap flexibility for future seasons on a small contract, also will be locked down at the team for a number of seasons)

2. Shawn Marion (will only cost a bad pick, is an experienced starter that is needed for this team)

3.Danny Granger (could be a bargain, won't be a catastrophe if he doesn't work out)

4.Paul Pierce (A great player but will cost the most out of all these players to trade for him, also don't see him wanting to be at Cleveland at this stage in the team's development)

5.Andre Iguodala (that contract will be dangerous. I also see him staying at Denver)

I didn't rank Jordan Hamilton since he won't be starting, but I would be happy if we got him in conjunction with any of these players.

Note: there were some players I had to omit otherwise this fanpost would be too long, Feel free to mention other players who you think could start for Cleveland at the 3 next season in the comments.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on FearTheSword.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff at FearTheSword

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