Cavs land guard in free agency after Max Strus, Damian Jones moves
The Cleveland Cavaliers keep making moves in free agency. After doing a sign-and-trade for Max Strus in the first day and signing Georges Niang to a deal, they went into Day 2 determined to add more roster depth. And that’s exactly what they did with the additions of both Damian Jones and guard Ty Jerome.
Cleveland first traded with the Utah Jazz for Jones, though they didn’t have to give up any assets in the process. Utah was looking to dump Jones’ nearly $2.6 million salary to get a little more flexibility, and the Cavs were more than willing to absorb that money.
Next up, they signed Jerome to a two-year, $5 million deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The 25-year-old guard played for the Golden State Warriors in 2022-23 on a two-way contract. In the 45 games he played for the Dubs, he averaged 6.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Jerome is expected to add some much-needed depth at the guard spot for the Cavs, behind Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland.
The Cavs’ roster is certainly shaping up nicely just two days into free agency. Max Strus gives them a much-needed starting quality wing player to put alongside Mitchell, Garland, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. With Georges Niang, they also got a solid sharpshooter who can provide instant offense off the bench.
Damian Jones and Ty Jerome should also provide them with more stability when their starters rest. Along with all those additions, they still got the likes of Caris LeVert and Isaac Okoro who are capable of starting or coming off the bench.
It remains to be seen what else the Cavs will do in free agency, but they are surely off to a great start.
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Author: Angelo Guinhawa