Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 Off-Season
The Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014 season was definitely a disappointment. The Cavs stated goal was to make the playoffs—and they ended it 33-49, as the 10th best team in the East. Even though the Cavs didn’t reach their goal, they still have a plethora of assets and plenty of cap flexibility, so a major move this summer is definitely feasible.
It’s impossible to ignore how bad 2013 number 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett was to start off the season, but his play reached respectability during the last third of the season. Bennett’s potential improvement could push solid but unspectacular PF Tristan Thompson out of Cleveland, as he’s due for an extension that Thompson’s representatives could reach eight figures. Dion Waiters proved that he could be an explosive scorer, and during the 2nd half of the season that he was drafted to be. Look for Waiters to have a big 3rd season—possibly topping the 20 ppg mark
All of that is moot if Kyrie Irving doesn’t sign his extension. Kyrie will be offered a max extension on July 1st, and the Cavs future rests on the young superstar putting his name on the dotted line. Of course, pundits have pushed the idea of the Cavs signing LeBron James again in the off-season, but that remains a pipedream. More likely, the Cavs will target a disgruntled star like Kevin Love, trying to package the #9th pick overall along with Tristan Thompson and cap fillers. That would be the best case scenario.
Most likely, the Cavs will use that lottery pick on a player such as James Young of Kentucky, or Rodney Hood from Duke. The Cavs need a swingman who can shoot the three in order to space the floor for Irving and Waiters, especially since Luol Deng will likely be leaving the team in free agency. The Cavs will attempt to re-sign Spencer Hawes, as he’s been a good fit with his toughness and 3 point shooting from the center position.
The Cavs remain an intriguing team, especially since they have so much young talent. That talent could make the leap next year, with Bennett becoming a starter, and Waiters becoming a more efficient high end scorer to play off Irving. But look out for the Cavs to make a move in attempt to swing for the fences, and they have the assets to try and do just that.
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