Cleveland Cavaliers: Grading their signings in NBA free agency

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are at a critical stage of their rebuild. Their backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland is very talented but has not taken the team out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference yet. The next couple of seasons are going to be very telling for the Cavaliers.

They do have the Kevin Love situation hanging over their heads though. He has two years and $60 million left on his contract and has not made 60 games in any of the past four seasons. In fact two of the last four he has only played 22 and 25 games.

They did add Evan Mobley with the third pick in the 2021 NBA draft which is another talented player to grow with the rest of the young core. They have also signed Denzel Valentine and Tacko Fall to training camp contracts which have the potential to lead to something but that will be worked out during camp.

Cleveland Cavaliers free agency signing No. 1: Ricky Rubio

This is one of the more interesting signings for the Cavaliers. Ricky Rubio was bought to the franchise through a trade that sent Taurean Prince to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Prince experiment never really worked out, he was good but not what the Cavaliers need right now.

In Rubio, they have an experienced guard who plays with a high level of intensity. He changed the culture at the Phoenix Suns when he got there and the Cavaliers will be hoping that he can be a mentor to the young backcourt, helping take their game to the next level.

Grade: A