The NBA has decided to move on with 22 teams for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season starting on July 31 in Orlando, Florida in Disney World at their resorts and it will go through October 12. The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been invited back to resume the regular season.
Cleveland finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference this past season at 19-46. The Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors (15-50), and the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45) were the worst teams in the NBA this season. They also have the same odds to land the number one pick in the NBA Draft.
The NBA Draft Lottery will be on August 25. The NBA Draft will be on October 15. Some of the potential top picks in this year’s draft are Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia, James Wiseman, C, Memphis, LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks, Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Obi Tippin, F, Dayton, and Onyeka Okongwu, C, USC.
The top three guys potentially on their draft board will be Wiseman, Avdija, and Tippin. They will most likely not consider drafting James Wiseman if they re-sign Andre Drummond after they traded for him at the trade deadline with the Detroit Pistons.
Kevin Love may get traded, but he may not as well despite his big contract. Love is the heart and soul of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tristan Thompson will be a free agent. Do they bring him back? Or do they let him go?
Larry Nance Jr. could be another potential trading chip, but I don’t think he gets dealt.
Young players like Kevin Porter Jr., Cedi Osman, and Dylan Windler will look to continue to make improvements next season. Windler barely played this season due to injury. He is projected to be a sharpshooter one day.
General Manager Koby Altman has a decision to make and so does head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Bickerstaff took over for Jon Beilein during the middle of the year.
Last offseason, Beilein came from the University of Michigan. He signed a five-year deal, but it didn’t seem to work out.
This team is doing a better job of fixing things this time than the last time LeBron James left. Cleveland basketball may be irrelevant right now, but they are staying out of the negative headlines.
The Cavs are trying to build a new foundation. Could they trade for a superstar player also this offseason like Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum, who happens to be from the Cleveland, Ohio area? Those are all of the decisions that Altman is going to have to make.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are still a few years away from being serious contenders in the Eastern Conference again. This offseason and next offseason will be the telling signs of the rebuild for this franchise.
Also, the NBA regular season is projected to begin next season at the beginning of December. We will see if that stays on track.
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