The Cavs are not making any moves until the trade deadline.
The Cavs are done waiting. That’s the message Sam Amico is taking away from a recent conversation with sources close to the Cavaliers situation. GM Koby Altman has made a series of moves that have no panned out just yet, and after the team took a “generational” talent in Evan Mobley, the team is expected to be much better than the last three years.
Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been the one guiding the ship, so to speak, for the last two years. Many thought he was the man to finally lead the Cavs to the promised land after replacing John Beilein in the 2020 season. Since then, Altman has given Bickerstaff pieces to help run his grit and grind-style team.
The only problem is the team is all grind and no grit. The team has not had any offensive success since Ty Lue was fired, and the defense that the team was supposed to be based on has yet to fully mature as planned. The Cavaliers and owner Dan Gilbert have noticed this, apparently, and are willing to give the duo a bit more time before handing out pink slips.
Talking to sources, Amico claims the Cavs have an All-Star break deadline before reassessing things;
"One thing we do know is Cleveland intends to keep general manager Koby Altman and coach J.B. Bickerstaff right where they are. Sources told Hoops Wire that Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cavs ownership team want some stability in the front office and on the sideline, and are willing to give it to the All-Star break before reassessing."
It sounds like the Cavs aren’t expecting to be in the playoffs this year, necessarily, just that the team is improved from the year before. So even if they’re just competing for the 8th spot, that might be enough to satiate everyone.
The Cavs have got to get this right or risk another rebuild
The Cavs have drafted Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, Isaac Okoro, and most recently Evan Mobley, all while giving Jarrett Allen big money. The idea, for the most part anyway, was to build a team that Bickerstaff could turn into the late ’00s Memphis Grizzlies.
The team has been anything but. With Sexton’s extension in limbo, with Garland not being “untouchable” and Okoro and Mobley being defensive-minded guys, blowing up the front office and head coach combo will only serve to restart the clock.
Now, maybe the people they bring in need no time whatsoever and can build a winner with the pieces they have here already. Maybe they need just one trade or one more draft and the Cavs are back into things.
If there is a new GM/coach, maybe the Cavs rebuild and we’re stuck watching the Cavs tank for four more years while we’re fed the same lines from those covering the team about them being a “young team” and you “can’t rush it”.
Which is exactly what a fan base who hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1998 without LeBron James really wants to hear.