If you've ever been to Cleveland, Ohio, you'll see what I'm getting at here. It's not the most desirable of cities to live in. The economy is still trying to recover, there seems to be construction all the time, and the weather flat out sucks in the winter.
So what would lure a big name player to come play for them? A key in that could be landing a coach like Mark Jackson. Jackson is a players' coach, as anyone on the Golden State roster can attest to that. He helped Jarrett Jack have the best year of his career in Golden State off the bench two seasons ago, and could really help Kyrie Irving's improvement as Jackson played the position himself for 17 years. If the Cavs front office can pull off the hire, that would be a huge step to try and land a big name guy, something they desire.
Some other names in the Cavs coaching search include Alvin Gentry, Vinny Del Negro, Tyronn Lue, Adrian Griffin and Lionel Hollins. You'd imagine they would want to have someone in place prior to the NBA draft on June 26th.
Cleveland is in as good of shape as any team heading into free agency. The Cavs have a little over 31 million in cap space, as well as getting lucky once again in the draft lottery, landing the #1 pick. With a talent rich draft, a budding superstar in Irving, and a few other decent pieces in the backcourt (Jack, Dion Waiters), I'd expect Cleveland to target a wing player and a big man this offseason. The verdict is still out on Anthony Bennett, as the draft will indicate how much faith they have in him. If the Cavs go small forward in the draft, it pretty much shows their ready to move on from the former #1 pick. Tristan Thompson was solid at power forward, as he averaged 11.7 PPG & 9.2 RPG, last year, who played and started in every game the last two seasons.
It's doubtful that they pick up the $9.8 million dollar option on Anderson Varejao. It's just hard to justify that much money for the Center who has played in just 146 games over the last four seasons. Tyler Zeller degressed in his sophomore season, as his point and rebound totals were down from his rookie year. Highly doubtful Zeller is your center of the future, but still has a rookie deal, and doesn't account for much against the cap.
The Garnet & Gold have the assets to pull of a trade, as Cleveland has been rumored to making a push for big names like Kevin Love, Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge or Joakim Noah. http://www.fearthesword.com/2014/6/3/5777246/nba-draft-2014-cleveland-cavaliers-kevin-love-joakim-noah
This may be wishful thinking, but with the first and 33rd pick in this month's draft, Cleveland may be able to find a suitor. Seems as if anyone on the roster other than Irving can be used as a trade asset, but rumors have swirled of Irving in some trade talks as well.
All of this has been said without mentioning a possible Lebron return, and that's an accomplishment. Things ended so ugly with Gilbert and LeBron, it's doubtful there's even a chance in him coming back.
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