Without LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 0-3 this season and 4-18 since October of 2014, according to reports. With their goal of defending the title, the Cavaliers should consider improving their roster before the February deadline.
The Cavaliers succeeded to win their first NBA championship title in the 2015-16 NBA season. In the recent offseason, they decided to keep the team’s core intact and managed to re-sign LeBron James and J.R. Smith. However, they lost two of their important bench players, Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova, after receiving higher offers from other teams.
In the past months, various rumors continue to swirl around the Cavaliers who are reportedly looking for a backup point guard. As of now, they only have Kay Felder to backup Kyrie Irving. Mo Williams remains sidelined for an extended time recovering from knee surgery.
The Eastern Conference becomes tougher as most NBA teams have managed to improve their roster. The Cavaliers could definitely top the East with all their “Big Three” healthy. However, having a dependable second unit should also be taken into consideration.
CAVALIERS TRADING FOR THE “RIGHT PLAYER”
According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, the Cavaliers are willing to make a deal for the “right player” before the February trade deadline.
“But the Cavs have options,” Zillgitt said. They can make a deal before the trade deadline, and they also have a $9.6 million trade exception to use. Depending on who that player is if they use the trade exception, it would add salary and increase the luxury tax payment. But for the right player, who can help win another championship, the Cavs are willing to make that deal.”
Coach Tyronn Lue makes sure that all his “Big Three” are in good conditions heading to the 2017 NBA playoffs. The Cavaliers managed to survive without Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving on the court. However, without LeBron James, they looked like a different team and struggling to grab a win. If the Cavaliers could improve their roster before the deadline, they will have a higher chance to defend the title this season.
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