While the Cavaliers will do their due diligence on offseason moves, the franchise is banking on improving organically and through the draft, per an-depth piece from Spencer Davies of Basketball News.
The Cavs have compiled the NBA’s worst combined record over the past three seasons, finishing 22-50 this year. But it appears general manager Koby Altman intends to keep the faith in the idea of building around the ultra-young core of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Isaac Okoro.That said, it’s also obvious the Cavs are aiming to take another step toward competing for a playoff spot, something Altman alluded to in his season-ending press conference.
“We know how exciting playoff basketball is,” Davies 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.'”
After spending a year evaluating how all the pieces fit, Altman indicated the plan now is to supplement the core with talent that can help push things forward.
Sources told HoopsWire the Cavs are hopeful of moving Kevin Love and adding a few new veterans to help push the youth to another level, much like the Hawks did last offseason. But moving Love won’t be easy, given the two years and $60 million left on his deal, rival executives said.
Along with the returnees, the Cavs are getting another pick in the lottery, their fourth in four years. Younger veterans such as Kevin Knox (Knicks), Derrick Jones Jr. (Trail Blazers) and others are said to be on their radar, with an emphasis on adding another promising wing at the right price.
“We learned a lot this year. That was a big part of the year, evaluating the talent on hand,” Altman said, via Davies. “And so, knowing what we know and what some of these guys are capable of, now we want to push them.
“Let’s supplement that talent because we know what they’re capable of. Let’s move this thing forward. Let’s add more wins to the ledger. Let’s play meaningful games at the end of the season.
“We know these young, talented core [players] have a really bright future ahead of them. And we’re adding another young, talented young man soon. So the future’s really bright. We have a great coaching staff led by J.B (Bickerstaff). We have wonderful support from ownership and Dan Gilbert, who continues to give us great resources.
“And so, we’re ready to take the next step. I don’t know quite what that looks like until after free agency and the draft, but we’ll get better.”