Pacers’ Doug McDermott On Cavs’ Radar In Free Agency

Pacers small forward Doug McDermott will draw consideration from the Cavaliers in free agency this summer, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. A Hoops Wire source confirmed the Cavs’ interest.Doug McDermott

McDermott, 29, is 6-foot-7 and is coming off a solid season with Indiana, averaging career-highs in points (13.3) and rebounds (3.3), while shooting a career-best 53 percent from the field in 66 games.

He will be an unrestricted free agent when the free agency period begins Aug. 2. Word is, the Pacers are expected to try to re-sign McDermott, and multiple others also have him on their radar.

But anyone who follows the Cavs realizes they will need to add more capable veterans around their young core if they aim to take the next steps. As Fedor wrote, the Cavs undoubtedly need “a better balance of youth and experience.”

Interestingly, the Cavs have also been linked to Pacers point guard T.J. McConnell, another unrestricted free agent.

Cavs general manager Koby Altman also eluded to the idea that he’ll be looking to add more veterans. And that’s a good idea. The Hawks, for instance, made it all the way to the Eastern Conference finals after supplementing their own young nucleus with experience.

“We tasked ourselves with building this thing through the draft and creating a young core of talented players,” Altman said. “So, while this year was a lot about development, it was a lot about evaluation too. I think a lot of questions were answered for us in terms of the excitement level of that young core. I think for us the next step is we have to supplement that talent.”

The Cavs own the No. 3 overall pick and are likely headed for a busy season beyond just that. They also have reportedly gotten involved in trade talks involving 76ers star guard/forward Ben Simmons, and have made leading scorer Collin Sexton available.

For more on that subject, read my earlier post, Cavs continue to weigh Sexton trades.

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