The Cavaliers’ owner and son made a vow that the team didn’t want to be in the lottery again this upcoming off-season. With Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson entering their third seasons and with Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller entering their second seasons, it’s time to see what this car can do on the freeway. The growing pains aren’t necessarily over, but the lows need to stop being so low and the highs need to get a little bit higher. Obviously the Cavaliers can’t just plan on systematic organic growth of this roster. In order to do that, the Cavs will have to also make a jump on their roster this season by adding a real player or two. Whether that’s via free agency or trade is anyone’s guess, but they will need to add someone of significance that isn’t a rookie in order to ensure they’re not lottery bound again. They also need to retain flexibility for 2014 and beyond, but not merely because LeBron James might opt out of his contract in Miami.
Let’s get this out there right now. Any team that is even remotely capable of having the financial flexibility to entertain LeBron James on their roster in 2014 should do everything they can do to make it possible. Even with it being one of the largest pills for some Cavs fans to swallow, at the end of the day, you just can’t stare down the greatest player in the league – maybe of this generation – and decide not to have him on your favorite basketball team. It is the absolute definition of cutting off your nose to spite your face. [Read more...]