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With JR Smith's largely from the books, the Cavaliers explore the market for inferior trades and what is left of the free hand.
A player who complies with the description and who the Cavs have inquired about ̵
Bender spent each of his first three seasons with the Phoenix Suns after being selected in 2016 with the fourth election. It is safe to say that he did not really live up to the high expectations of what is arguably the worst team in the league.
Instead, Bender scored an average of 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 131 career games. It is understandable why the suns let him run after the season.
Nevertheless, he is only 21 years old and would not cost the Cavs much in terms of pay or commitment. If he should flop, it should be so. He should not be a big deal. But if he can help you … well, then Bender would be a bargain.
Currently, these types of players seem to be high on the list of priorities for Cavs General Manager and Koby Altman . There is no missing, just swinging and hoping.
Apart from the Cavs, the Toronto Raptors also have an interest in Bender, according to the international basketball reporter Orazio Francesco Cauchi .
Europe is also a possibility for the native Croat.
"CSKA Moscow and Fenerbache are considering his situation with some interest." Cauchi reported .
Bender's strengths lie in handling balls and passing. When entering the draft, some design experts compared him with Kristaps Porzingi's ball in the basket and use of its length formerly belonging to the New York Knicks and now the Dallas Mavericks, to drastically disrupt the opposition.
On the other hand, Benders is still in the works and it is still not clear if he belongs to the NBA, at least something other than a bit of a player. Anyway, the Cavs are interested, and since Smith's contract barely holds them back, Bender is likely to be just the first of many opportunities they're ready to explore.