5. Add a big man
This topic was broached a little in the Kevin Love vignette, but the Cavs really do a big man. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of help out there.
The aforementioned Steven Adams exposed the Cavs on the glass just before the All-STar break, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds. Yes, the Cavs were without Kevin Love, but even then, he’s not ideal center.
The Cavs could’ve had DeAndre Jordan before the trade deadline according to Adrian Wojnarowski’s report, but opted not to get him. Koby Altman decided to get younger and more athletic players who have the potential to be extremely lethal at their role.
The road to the Finals could mean a date with the Celtics. Perhaps the Raptors and Jonas Valančiūnas could be laying in wait. Cleveland’s managed the 7-foot Lithuanian in the playoffs before, but this Raptors teams seems different.
And if Cleveland reaches the Finals, we think Golden State will be waiting, but wonder if its Adams and the Thunder? The Cavs would certainly prefer that matchup over OKC, but you get the idea, there’s the possibility the team could be exposed.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of options on the buyout market. Cleveland can hope Brook Lopez changes his mind about his situation with LA, but there’s not a lot of news to report on that front.
The Cavs are currently seeded No. 3 in the Eastern Conference and would play an intriguing first-round matchup against The Greak Freak and the sixth seeded Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.