My 33 Thoughts on the Cleveland Cavaliers


The Cleveland Cavaliers won 33 games this year, a season in which 38 games got you a playoff seed in the East. A season where the Cavs stated goal was to make the playoffs. A season where the biggest free agent ever, we thought, Andrew Bynum signed with the team. A season with the #1 overall pick. A season with additions of Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark. A season with the return of Mike Brown. Today I give you my 33 thoughts, 1 for each of the 33 wins, in no particular order, for the Cavaliers:

  1. I like Kyrie Irving.
  2. I love Dion Waiters.
  3. I like Tristan Thompson.
  4. I love Anthony Bennett‘s potential.
  5. I love the talent/skill level of the Cavs players.
  6. I hate the athleticism (outside Waiters/Bennett) and toughness of the team (outside of Dion/Delly).
  7. I think that Dion and Kyrie can co-exist, quite peacefully and good/great.
  8. I think Kyrie is dealing with something in his personal life (I’m a counselor professionally and thought this all season.)
  9. I think Mike Brown will be back and given 1 more year to change the culture and system of the team.
  10. I think Dan Gilbert cares about the success of the team, maybe more then any other Cleveland owner.
  11. I am not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing.
  12. I think who the GM is matters less then what they do. (Phil Jackson/Pat Riley type isn’t walking through that door.)
  13. I don’t think Spencer Hawes is worth all that much money.
  14. I think the Cavs have shooting with Irving, Waiters, Bennett and Tyler Zeller at 4 of the 5 positions.
  15. I hope Sergey Karasev gets playing time next year, a shooter as well at the 2 or 3 position.
  16. Anderson Varejao‘s run with the Cavs is probably over and that saddens me.
  17. Andy didn’t get to play meaningful games for 3 years and the Cavs never got anything for him, yet.
  18. I think the Cavs will sign a small forward with some name value.
  19. If I was a small forward I would want to sign with the Cavs.
  20. I think the Cavs will trade for a big guy.
  21. I am not sure Kevin Love answers the athletic/grit need for the team.
  22. I know Love is awesome but very costly.
  23. I think the Cavs struggled to find consistency in roles until late in the season.
  24. I think David Griffin did a fine job taking over as GM but was given too much credit.
  25. I think LeBron James should want to join the youth/talent of this team over the age of the Heat.
  26. I have no clue if he will or not.
  27. I think the Cavs should draft Rodney Hood if they don’t get a top 3 pick and if they keep the pick.
  28. I think the Cavs should trade for Larry Sanders, even with his big contract.
  29. If not Sanders, I think the Cavs should trade for a shot blocker type.
  30. I think the Cavs should sign James, Gordon Hayward, Trevor Ariza or Danny Granger, in that order.
  31. I think the Cavs will give the fans hope going into next season.
  32. I think the Cavs will easily make the playoffs next year.
  33. I know I will be following along closely.

Any thoughts on my thoughts? What are some of your thoughts?

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  • Letterman007

    I’m thinking they sign Trevor Ariza in free agency and draft Vonleh from Indians in the draft! Deng and hawes are gone, but you keep Andy one more year!! With the Stupid investment Gilbert made in Brown, they will probably keep him one more year, which I’m not in favor of!! More than likely it will be his last!!

    • Jared Mueller

      I like Ariza but don’t love him. With the whispers we are getting it seems like they will turn over every stone to make a huge move this year. With few Coach/Execs that could make that splash I think it comes via trade and that they don’t want to add more youth, unless it is top flight.

  • Letterman007

    I think they would really like to get Love, but I just don’t see that happening without the Cav’s turning over a lot of assets in return!! They need a big man, rim protector, big time, and I only see that coming in the draft!?

  • tidho

    Definately think Kyrie and Dion can excel together. Wouldn’t move either for the sake of moving one of them.
    I’d definately shop Thompson, and if there was a way to use him to centerpiece a Larry Sanders deal (a possibility if MIL drafts Embiid) I’d be all over it.

    • Jared Mueller

      What kinda of value do you think Thompson might have? I could see the Bucks salary dumping Sanders for a future first and expirings. They might not want his attitude impacting Giannis or whoever they draft high.