The Cavs aren’t expected to have any wiggle room under the salary cap this summer but could be “aggressive” in pursuit of free agents with their mid-level exception, Fedor noted.
McConnell and Caruso will be unrestricted free agents, though the Lakers are expected to try to bring back Caruso.
McConnell also told reporters he would be plenty happy with a return to Indiana.
“I would love to be back here,” McConnell said. “I absolutely love it here. … I don’t have a bad thing to say about anything or anyone.”
“We know how exciting playoff basketball is,” Spencer Davies of Basketball News quoted a team source as saying. “There’s no better teacher than that experience. We all want our guys to have that experience, and so there’s definitely… there’s a good pressure. I’d say it’s a really good pressure, that ‘let’s see what these guys can do.'”
The Cavs have compiled the NBA’s worst record over the previous three seasons combined, finishing 22-50 in this year. They have yet to make the playoffs without LeBron James during his 18-year career.
The Cavs have not held buyout talks with Love to this point, Fedor reported, and they appear unlikely to waive-and-stretch Love’s remaining contract of two years and $60 million.