The Cleveland Cavaliers most recently made a surprising roster move, waiving DeAndre Liggins and signing Dahntay Jones as a replacement. Although Jones was part of Cleveland’s playoff run last season and provides defensive energy, the team should have signed someone else to replace Liggins.

Mario Chalmers, who is reportedly healthy after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon last year, has been ready and hoping for an NBA return. Before tearing his Achilles last season, Chalmers was playing the best basketball of his career, averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 55 games for the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Cavaliers would have been wise to sign him instead.

Timely shot maker

Chalmers has been known for hitting timely shots during pressure moments, which was one of his best features during his college career. He hit clutch shots for the Miami Heat during their multiple title runs and would do the same for Cleveland if they gave him the opportunity.

More point guard depth

The Cavaliers could use the extra point guard depth since both Kyrie Irving, who is currently battling a knee injury, and Deron Williams is known to be injury prone. Chalmers would be capable of handling the heavy responsibility if anything happens to those two during the post-season. It's also good to have extra point guards in reserve, and the Cavs could even use ‘Rio’ as a two-guard as well.

Experience, talent, and familiarity

Chalmers is arguably the most talented player in the free agency pool right now. He can score, playmake, ball handle, and defend, which is an underrated part of his game. In addition to having talent, Chalmers also has a ton of experience, winning two championships in Miami alongside LeBron James.

Having played with James in the past, Chalmers would have easily been a good fit for Cleveland. He would have found a comfortable role with the team, most likely stabilizing and leading the second unit.

It’s understandable that Cleveland chased a guy, who became familiar with the organization last year.

However, they could have instead signed a guy, who would have made an immediate impact on the team. No disrespect to Dahntay Jones, but Mario Chalmers is far more skilled and better all-around players. Cleveland fans would have highly acknowledged the addition of a former-LeBron teammate, who was a fan favorite in Miami.

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