Cleveland Cavaliers: Young Future in the Making
The future is now for the Cleveland Cavaliers and they are currently the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 9-9 record in the 2020-2021 season up to this point. Cleveland will look to continue its solid and improving young play on Friday on the road against the New York Knicks (8-11).
The Cavaliers have one of the youngest rosters in the NBA this season and a bright future because of it. Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff loves to go with a nine to 10 man rotation. The current starting lineup at the moment is C Andre Drummond, PF Cedi Osman, SF Isaac Okoro, SG Collin Sexton, and PG Darius Garland.
PF/C Kevin Love has not played much this season due to injury. General manager Koby Altman will try and look to trade him at the deadline, but that contract will be hard to move. Love will be in the rotation immediately when he comes back to the lineup. He is 32 years old. Kevin Love may not be a part of this team’s future.
Allen and Sexton are 22 years old and Garland and Okoro are 20 years old. They will be the nucleus of this basketball team moving forward. All of these players can score the basketball, especially Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. The backcourt in Cleveland is known as “Sexland”, according to Larry Nance Jr., who is 28 years old. This core will be a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ future.
Drummond is 27 years old and is on an expiring contract. Rumors have been swirling around that the Cleveland Cavaliers may buy out his contract. The Brooklyn Nets would be the destination, but Drummond seems to have no desire to opt-out. Hopefully, Andre Drummond is a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ future, but it remains to be seen.
The media is creating another false narrative about this story. Teammates love his presence and they want him to stick around.
He is the heart and soul of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Drummond will try to get a contract extension done with the Cleveland Cavaliers sooner rather than later.
It is more about growth and development for the Cleveland Cavaliers moving forward this season. They had played 18 out of a possible 72 at the moment.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be a team that many will reckon with in the immediate future. They are not at the level of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Indiana Pacers, or the Brooklyn Nets yet, but they are on the rise. Cleveland did beat Brooklyn twice this season, however.
It is good to see these players progressing sooner rather than later. It shows that the rebuilding process is going to be quicker than most anticipate.
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