The Cleveland Cavaliers had themselves a very busy offseason
The Cleveland Cavaliers went on one of their most active offseasons in recent history with a singular aim to significantly improve the roster after finishing near the bottom of the NBA once more, tallying a combined 60-159 record for the past three years.
The Cavs made numerous acquisitions during the past month and a half, starting it off by selecting Evan Mobley with the third overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. They also wasted no time in retaining center Jarrett Allen immediately re-signing the 23-year-old big man to a massive extension as soon as free agency opened.
General manager Koby Altman and the front office then traded for Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, former Chicago Bulls lottery pick Lauri Markkanen, as well as potential rotation players in Denzel Valentine and veteran Euroleague guard Kevin Pangos.
With nearly all of the team’s roster spots filled and with a scarcity of outstanding wing players left available, it appears unlikely there will be any more significant additions through free agency.
A potential trade or two, however, is still very much in the picture given how active the team has been thus far. Word around the league is that they have been one of the most involved in trade talks to acquire the Philadelphia 76ers’ disgruntled All-Star Ben Simmons.
For now, let us focus on three of the Cavaliers’ most notable newcomers: Mobley, Rubio, and Markkanen.