The Cleveland Cavaliers have a very interesting future ahead of themselves. Last offseason, they signed John Beilein to be the new head coach for the next five years. He previously coached at the University of Michigan.
That didn’t last long due to potential locker room issues. J.B. Bickerstaff took over as the head coach. He received a four-year contract extension just two weeks into his coaching tenure with the team.
Bickerstaff was in the Western Conference Finals once before with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013. Cleveland was so impressed that they gave to him right away.
The Cavaliers have not made it to the playoffs since the 2017-2018 season. They were swept in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Lebron James left in free agency a second time to the Los Angeles Lakers, but he delivered his promise to the city of Cleveland and no one was upset this time around.
It feels like the player development and other things are better this time than last time. Even with the Cavaliers being bad without him, Cleveland doesn’t feel as dysfunctional.
Altman has done decently in the NBA Draft. He has drafted Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, and Kevin Porter Jr. Cleveland has the second-worst record in the NBA so far this season at 19-46. They would have the second-best odds to win the NBA Draft Lottery.
Koby Altman has done a much better job at scouting and developing players none the less. Altman has the potential of maybe drafting players like Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia, Obi Tippin, PF, Dayton, LaMelo Ball, PG, USA, James Wiseman, C, Memphis, or Deni Avdija, SF, Israel.
The pick that would make the most sense is either Tippin, Wiseman, or Avdija.
They wouldn’t draft Ball or Edwards because there are more than enough guards in the backcourt.
It would be very interesting to see what Portland could potentially want in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for C.J. McCollum. It would probably have to start with Osman and Sexton. They would then maybe throw in a couple of draft picks and another player or two.
Cleveland could then re-sign Drummond and find a way to bring back Tristan Thompson who is also a free agent.
Some people suggest that they should not bring back Thompson because he is 30 years old and Tristan Thompson should be on a playoff-contending team. He could rejoin a guy like Lebron James with the Los Angeles Lakers or Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers.
A team like the Houston Rockets would make the most sense for Thompson because they need a big man. Cleveland tried trading Tristan Thompson at the trade deadline, but they couldn’t get a deal done.
It is important for some of the young guys to really develop next season. If Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman are not traded, then that is fine as well because I understand the vision of General Manager Koby Altman none the less. He has a lot of cards to play with this offseason none the less.
It will be interesting to see when the offseason will start due to the coronavirus and it is unsure when the NBA will resume play. It doesn’t make sense for Cleveland to play any more games because they are not in the playoffs anyway and why risk injuries? This shouldn’t matter nonetheless.
A potential starting five next season could consist of: C Andre Drummond PF Kevin Love SF Kevin Porter Jr. SG C.J. McCollum and PG Darius Garland.
Some of the key players coming off the bench would be C Tristan Thompson, SF Deni Avidja, G/F Dylan Windler, and C/F Larry Nance Jr. I am sure Altman would make some other potential moves in the offseason, and I am sure it would be for the benefit to make this team better none the less.
The Eastern Conference is not strong. Yes, I know the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors, the Miami Heat, the Indiana Pacers, and the Milwaukee Bucks are most likely going to be the top seven teams in the Eastern Conference next season.
However, you can’t tell this lineup wouldn’t be better than what the Orlando Magic have, who are currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference? Orlando has also made it to the playoffs in the last two seasons none the less.
Kevin Love is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this basketball team none the less. General Manager Koby Altman has tried to listen to trade offers, but no one has budged none the less. Love still has another few years left on his contract. He is a free agent after the 2022-2023 season.
Cleveland would have a first-round pick this season and a couple of second-round picks, they would also have two first-round picks next season (one from the Milwaukee Bucks) and a couple of second-rounders. In 2022, they would have at least one first-round pick and a couple of second-rounders once again.
It will be interesting to see how Altman will do business moving forward. The Cleveland Cavaliers will not be a playoff contender next season unless they ace the draft once again and trade for a superstar like CJ McCollum.
In 2021-2022 or in 2022-2023 is where we will see this team as a playoff contender again and maybe serious Eastern Conference Contenders once again.
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