It’s been a mostly quiet offseason for the Cavaliers, whose main moves consisted of re-signing center Jarrett Allen, trading for veteran point guard Ricky Rubio and selecting of center/forward Evan Mobley with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Cavs did have some trade talks involving combo guard and leading scorer Collin Sexton. They did examine moves involving small forward Cedi Osman. And they are still figuring out what to do about power forward Kevin Love
But with the start of training camp a little more than a month away, it appears all three will remain on the team. If not for the full season, at least for now.
While the Cavs are expecting some internal growth from the likes of Sexton, Allen, Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro and a couple others, they still don’t appear to have lineup that will compete for a playoff spot — or even in the play-in tournament.
There are no guarantees Sexton will be in Cleveland for the long term, either. Or even beyond the trade deadline in February. So while the roster is young and promising, it also very well could be in flux.
Now, they could indeed go the full season with the same roster. They could decide to keep Sexton, who is eligible for the rookie-scale extension. Per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Sexton’s camp seems to understand that no one wants to give him a maximum contract extension.
If that’s truly the case, and the Cavs can keep him for less than that, then Sexton may stay. But if not, or if the Cavs get off to another inauspicious start, Sexton could be moved in search of a more traditional shooting guard to put next to Garland.
One thing we do know is Cleveland intends to keep general manager Koby Altman and coach J.B. Bickerstaff right where they are.
Sources told Hoops Wire that Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cavs ownership team want some stability in the front office and on the sideline, and are willing to give it to the All-Star break before reassessing.
Fittingly, Cleveland is the host city for the 2022 All-Star Weekend.
More from Cleveland
- Third-year small forward Dylan Windler is facing a critical season in 2021-22, as relayed by Fedor. Windler is a former first-round pick but has been unable to stay healthy after missing virtually no time in four years of college. “At some point he’s got to produce,” one Cavs coach told Fedor. “He needs to stay healthy and become a consistent 3-point threat.”
- The Cavs released their five-game preseason schedule. It is as follows: Oct. 5 at Chicago (8 p.m. ET); Oct. 6 at Atlanta (7:30 p.m.); Oct. 8 vs. Indiana (7 p.m.); Oct. 10 vs. Chicago (7 p.m.); Oct. 15 at Indiana (7 p.m.).
- Finally, I urge you to check out Right Down Euclid, a new site from Evan Dammarell, my favorite young Cavs reporter. He knows the ins-and-outs of the team and has generated some nice scoops over the past year or so.
- You can check out the full 2021-22 regular season schedule right here.