The Cleveland Cavaliers are faced with their most important offseason since LeBron returned in 2014. Here’s six moves they must make to return to the NBA Finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance, but even getting to basketball’s biggest stage has left a sour taste in the mouthes of many round-ball fans.
Durant jumping ship to Golden State robbed the NBA of its next great rivalry, and has put the Warriors miles ahead of other NBA teams, with maybe the exception being Houston.
Cleveland can’t jump wildly into the free-agent pool, as the organization is currently $38.5 million over the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season, according to Sportrac (and that’s assuming James plays for at least his $35 million option).
The NBA salary cap for next season is expected to be around $101 million. Even if LeBron leaves, the Cavs will be $3 million over the cap.
Cavs’ General Manager Koby Altman must be creative in building a roster that can actually compete with the Golden State Warriors.
That starts and ends with adding another superstar to play alongside James, assuming LBJ stays in Cleveland.
Here’s six moves the Cavs should make to return to the NBA Finals in 2019.