Ranking the 5 best available shooting guards in 2023 NBA free agency

James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers Free Agency (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Caris LeVert (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /

5. Caris LeVert, Cleveland Cavaliers

Speaking of injuries, there was a time where it didn’t seem like Caris LeVert would be able to get back to his former level or stay on the court. But he proved himself a valuable sixth man on the Cleveland Cavaliers this year.

LeVert played in 74 games this season, the most he’s ever played in a campaign during his career. He averaged 12.1 points per game, hitting 39.2 percent of his three-pointers.

LeVert’s high usage, triple-double potential ceiling doesn’t seem to exist any more, wiped out by injuries. He’ll be 29 by the start of the next season. But even at a bench level, his all-around play is extremely valuable.

The guard – who can also play small forward – has been vocal about wanting to return to the Cavs, and it seems like it’s in the young contender’s best interest to keep around their stabilizing veteran force on the bench. After earning $18.8 million this year, however, it might require an annual salary around that to get LeVert back into the fold.

There are already other teams interested in him, though. Sam Amico of Hoops Wire named two teams that could pursue LeVert: the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies.

One interesting thing about LeVert’s free agency – he’s arguably the best unrestricted free agent shooting guard on the market, depending on outlooks for Max Strus, Seth Curry, and Josh Richardson. So if those with options end up exercising those, LeVert’s market could expand.