Free-agent team needs: East
We provide a free-agency blueprint for every Eastern Conference team
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Last week, our cap-ologist Larry Coon rolled through the league and gave a quick snapshot of the cap situation for each team this summer. With that in hand, let's take a preview of the free-agent landscape and the best fits for each team.
In this installment, we'll take a close look at the Eastern Conference, where plenty of teams will be looking to go on a spending spree.
Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao are a playoff core to build around, and the Cavs will have plenty of cap space to fill out the roster. They haven't had a star wing player since that guy named LeBron James left town, so expect them to find a go-to scoring option next to their stud point guard.
They could be in the mix for Harrison Barnes depending on their draft slot, but they could also try to convince Eric Gordon to play in Cleveland.
They'd probably have to break the bank to sway him away from Indiana, so O.J. Mayo could work here too if they're willing to swallow some risk.
To read more of Tom Haberstroh's free-agency plans for East teams, you must be an Insider.
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