The Cleveland Cavaliers want to defend their first NBA title they won against the Golden State Warriors last season. This year, they will feature the same main players for the team led by the “Big 3” of the Cavs, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
The Cavaliers lost some players in the offseason but replaced them with veterans. They also want to re-sign J.R. Smith though the negotiations are not yet over. Cleveland is expected to bring him back as the starting shooting guard.
The Cavaliers got Mike Dunleavy and Chris Anderson in free agency. Since they don’t have money to spend, they had to settle for established veterans and couldn’t add a major star player.
They also lost back-up point guard Matthew Delladova and center Timofey Mozgov in 2016 free agency.
Point Guards: Kyrie Irving/Kay Felder
Shooting Guards: J.R. Smith/Iman Shumpert/Markel Brown
Small Forwards: LeBron James/Mike Dunleavy/Richard Jefferson
Power Forwards: Kevin Love/Channing Frye
Centers: Tristan Thompson/Chris Andersen/Eric Moreland
Cleveland Cavaliers Additions: Mike Dunleavy, Chris Anderson
Cleveland Cavaliers Losses: Matthew Dellavedova (Milwaukee Bucks), Timofey Mozgov (Los Angeles Lakers)
Cleveland Cavaliers Strengths/Weaknesses:
The main strength of the Cavaliers is their star power of James, Love and Irving. All three performed well in the playoffs and in the NBA Finals. Love and Irving’s play was also a good sign for the Cavaliers in that they fit with playing with LeBron leading the team.
The Cavaliers’ weakness will be their bench. Dellavedova and Mozgov were good backups and knew their roles. Dunleavy, Shumpert, Frye and Anderson must contribute for Cleveland to perform well next season.
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