The Voice of the Fan wants to know what the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to do now that they are in the circumstances they are in. Regardless of what they do, he is ready for it to take a while.
Cleveland does not have the money to go after big-time free agents. Heck, they couldn’t even keep Jeff Green as he signed with Washington Wizards.
So what will Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman and the rest of the front office do for next year? It’s anyone’s guess. That said, I see two different options. The Cavs could either trade Kevin Love for a draft pick or younger players or for draft picks while absorbing a bad contract or two.
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The second option is that they could replicate their 2010 mode and start tanking. FoS’ own Ryan Rosko discussed how this could be done including keeping the first rounder that is owed to the Atlanta Hawks for the Kyle Korver deal. That draft pick is top-10 protected.
If the tanking starts though, what will the fans think of more years like 2010 and all of the losing starts again?
Until they decide to go down a specific route, I wonder, will they even sign any free agents this year? If so, Cleveland does not need older players as they need to be in a rebuild regardless of the route they take.
Quite a few of the better younger players in free agency are already gone, including Tyreke Evans who has signed with the Indiana Pacers. Among the rest of the notable free agents worth having, most are restricted and the Cavs can’t go that route because of the compensation required.
Most of the NBA teams were waiting for James to make his move so that the signings went wild.
Have Gilbert and Altman got caught flat-footed? They have roster openings and one has to wonder are they going to try to fill those with less talented and/or cheaper free agents like the ones that are filling spots on the Summer League team?
Just be prepared for a long bumpy ride and hope for the best. Speaking of a long process, do you want to see Cleveland as a seven or eight seed and barely make the playoffs and then lose in the first round? It may happen but hopefully, they are better than that sooner rather than later.