Back again for the Offseason Breakdown blog, now onto the Cleveland Cavaliers. I’ll write about what the Cavs did in the offseason, the teams starting 5, strengths and weaknesses, and how I think the Cavaliers will do this season. Let’s start.
Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Lebron James signs a 4 year $153 million contract with the Lakers
Of course this was the story off the offseason as Lebron left Cleveland for L.A. Now I was one of the people who thought Lebron was staying in Cleveland, but he left. Obviously this takes the Cavs out of any contention for the championship this season.
Kevin Love resigns to a 4 year $120 million contract
Now this is a good thing to do by the Cavs. The Cavs want to keep one star from their “big 3” and that’s Love. People forget how good Love is when he is the main star so it will be interesting to see what happens this season. Also if the Cavs feel like they are done, they can trade Love and get a massive haul since he is under contract for the next 5 years.
Rodney Hood remains a free agent
Hood was traded at the deadline last season to help improve the Cavs. Hood didn’t have the best time in Cleveland In 21 games, Hood only averaged 10.8 PPG in Cleveland, down from 16.8 PPG when he was on Utah. The Cavs have the right to match any contract since Hood is a restricted free agent, so unless its a HUGE deal, I see Hood back in Cleveland next season and playing a bigger part.
Cavs draft Collin Sexton with the #8 pick
This was a good draft pick by the Cavs in my opinion. I think Sexton will be a good point guard in the future, but for now he will be spending most his time on the bench until he can prove he should be starting.
PG: George Hill
SG: Rodney Hood (J.R. Smith if Hood isn’t on the team)
SF: Kyle Korver
PF: Larry Nance
C: Kevin Love
Like I stated before, Kevin Love was a really good player when he was the main option on the Timberwolves. Love had 2 seasons where he averaged 26 PPG and almost every year he was in Minnesota he averaged more that 10 RPG. Do I expect Love to score 26 PPG again, no. But he will score 20+ PPG this season and continue to be a rebounding machine.
Yeah other than K-Love and a few players this team isn’t very good. First off, their bench is terrible. Having Jordan Clarkson, Sam Dekker, and Channing Frye as your main options of the bench isn’t the best. The Cav’s didn’t do much this offseason to improve their bench. Another problem the Cavs have is the players contracts. J.R. Smith, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, and Tristian Thompson are making a combined $62 million dollars. Not the best when only one of those players scored more than 10 PPG last season. The Cavs should look to move some of those contracts for players or picks.
Offseason Grade: D+
Prediction: Now I say the Cavs don’t have a lot of good players, but they will make the playoffs still. I say the Cavs make the playoffs with the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
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