After a magnificent regular season, the Cavaliers will go their separate ways. But not for too, too long.
According to power forward Kevin Love, the Cavs are planning to gather sometime before the start of training camp in late September, perhaps as sort of a pre-camp camp and some general team bonding.
It could potentially take place in Nashville, and Love said there may even be some karaoke taking place. Basketball, laughter and maybe even a little singing. It’s the type of unity for which these Cavs became known, and no matter what moves are made during the offseason, it’s something they want to keep going.
“We had a hell of a year,” said All-Star center Jarrett Allen, who missed 19 games with a broken finger, before returning for the play-in finale “A lot has happened this year — positive, negative. But we look at all the times that we did play well, and we came together.
“And that was all positive.”
The Cavs basically came out of nowhere, surpassing expectations and staying around the fourth or fifth seed in the Eastern Conference for most of the season. Then injuries to Ricky Rubio (who was eventually traded), Darius Garland, Caris LeVert and Allen started to take their toll.
And that’s not even to mention leading scorer (at the time) Collin Sexton, who was lost to a knee injury within the first month of the season.
But the Cavs aren’t letting any of it get them down. With a core headed by Garland, Allen, Lauri Markkanen, presumably Sexton and Rookie of the Year frontrunner Evan Mobley, the Cavs are keeping their eyes on the future.
This season, they believe, was just a sign of things to come under coach J.B. Bickerstaff. And this group has loads of confidence — and now, something to prove.
“We’re set up to be good for a very long time,” Love said. “And set up to make potentially some very special runs.”