The Cleveland Cavaliers have added some frontcourt shooting.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs have signed forward Georges Niang to a three-year deal worth $26 million. All three years of the deal are guaranteed.
Free agent F George Niang has agreed on a three-year, $26 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN. Niang leaves Sixers for another Eastern contender. pic.twitter.com/PsF6euvmQV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2023
Niang, 30, spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season, he averaged 8.2 points per game while shooting 40.1% from three on 4.9 three-point attempts per game. Before Philadelphia, he played a season with the Indiana Pacers and four seasons with the Utah Jazz. In Utah, he played with Cavs All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell — giving Cleveland someone who knows how to play with Mitchell and who can bomb away on three-pointers when Mitchell or Darius Garland attack the paint.
Niang is someone the Cavs have been eyeing for some time. They attempted to acquire him at last year’s trade deadline for some second round picks, but the 76ers declined. Instead, they get Niang now on the open market.
This is a great pickup for Cleveland. He’s a high-volume, high-percentage floor spacer on a team that needs more shooting to support its guards and bigs. Niang can slot into minutes Kevin Love and Dean Wade played last season and likely fill that role better than either of them. The vast majority of his minutes last season were at the four, so look for him to come off the bench to spell one to play the four more than he plays the three.