Cleveland Cavaliers Roster
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According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, forward Evan Mobley focused on his body during the offseason. The 22-year-old, drafted with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, averaged 16.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 79 games last season. He was already expected to progress even more during the 2023-24 campaign. But considering Mobley added roughly seven pounds of muscle and is seeking a Defensive Player of the Year award, he could shatter his preseason projections.
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Cavaliers forward Max Strus expects to start this season. Strus agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract with the Cavs in July after spending four seasons in Miami. Statistically, he had the best year of his career in 2022-23, averaging 11.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. However, he recorded 14.0 points, 3.6 boards, and 2.4 assists in 33 starts. Strus' three-point percentage went south last season, and he's also not expected to be a routine fantasy contributor, considering the team has Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, and Evan Mobley on the roster. But he should have more than a few solid fantasy performances, so he deserves attention from those in deeper formats heading into the 2023-24 campaign.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell was traded away from Utah just one year ago as he joined the young, up-and-coming duo of Darius Garland and Evan Mobley. The Cavaliers had some great showings with Mitchell leading the way last season, but they ultimately fell flat in the playoffs after losing in the first round to the New York Knicks. Mitchell currently has three years left on his current contract with the third year being a player's option. That means he's eligible for an extension next offseason. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, he's not expected to sign an extension any time soon as he still feels out if the Cavaliers are in his long-term plans. The team's success will be something to monitor as Mitchell may want to leave earlier than expected.
Free-agent guard Zhaire Smith has agreed to an exhibit-10 deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 24-year-old is attempting to make an NBA comeback, but will have to compete for a roster spot in training camp. Smith was the 16th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2018 NBA Draft. He played 13 total games across two seasons with the Sixers. Smith was an impressive prospect out of Texas Tech, but it's hard to imagine him carving out a legitimate role on this Cavs roster.
Free-agent guard Justin Powell has signed a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. The 22-year-old went undrafted during this year's draft, but joined the Miami Heat for the summer league. He averaged 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game over three games in the Summer League. Powell will attempt to carve out a role for himself during training camp. He'll have an uphill battle and will likely end up in the G-League.