The Cleveland Cavaliers failed to defend their throne after losing to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals 2017. However, LeBron James has no regrets with his Finals performance, saying he did everything to help his team win.
“I have no reason to put my head down. I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn’t have done or what I could have done better for the team. I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short,” James told reporters.
LeBron James established an incredible performance in their third consecutive NBA Finals matchup against the Warriors. In the five-game series, he averaged 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 10.0 assists. He became the first player in league history to average a triple-double in the Finals.
Do the Cavaliers need roster improvement?
After the game, LeBron James gave Kyrie Irving a hug and told him “we’ll be back.” “The King” believes the Cavaliers front office will do everything to make the team more competitive next season.
“I need to sit down and figure this thing out,” James said when asked how he views the Warriors going forward. “They’re going to be around for a while. Pretty much all their guys are in their 20s. Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. I’m not the GM of the team. I’m not in the front office, but I know our front office is going to continue to try to put our ball club, put our franchise in a position where we can compete for a championship year in and year out.”
The outcome of the NBA Finals 2017 showed that the Warriors are too much to handle for the Cavaliers. As most people think, the Cavaliers need to improve their roster if they want to reclaim the title next season. However, it remains questionable if the Cavaliers can still add a superstar with their limited trade assets. Also, they are currently dipped in the salary-cap hell.
Potential Cavs’ offseason targets
If the Cavaliers want to improve their roster, they must consider breaking their core. Parting ways with Kevin Love will give them the opportunity to acquire a new superstar on the trade market. Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and DeMarcus Cousins could be on the Cavs’ radar this offseason.
According to a previous report, the Cavaliers can acquire Anthony without giving up any trade assets. Having a no-trade clause in his contract, Anthony will only need to wait for the Knicks to waive him. After being released, he can sign with the Cavaliers as a free agent.