The Cleveland Cavaliers morph into the Miami Heat of years past more and more every day.
And just like the Heat of old, the Cavaliers have a problem at center that they are desperately looking to fill. With just Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson being the team's bigs, the Cavs are facing problems coming into the season with their interior defense and rim protection.
Weak Down Low
So somehow, despite winning the NBA draft lottery and bagging the number one overall pick, managing to get the best player in the world to come back, trading for a guaranteed All-NBA star and bringing several decent role players - to go along with the likes of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, the Cavs still aren't ready for the 2014 NBA season.
The weakness in the team right now is obvious, and naturally rumours abound of trade offers and free agency pickups. However, the Cavs may wait until the new year to address the position according to True Hoops.
"Well, we know they’d like to have Mozgov, but it doesn’t look like Denver’s going to give him up," wrote Chuck Myron.
"It sounds like GM David Griffin isn’t too worried about his rim protection, at least at this point, so I wouldn’t expect him to make a move before the start of the season. I think he’d like to get a look at how it all meshes and revisit the idea of tinkering after December 15th, when most players signed in the offseason can be traded."
The lack of real rim protection shouldn't hurt Cleveland too much at the start of the season. They have the talent and star power to blow by a lot of the weaker teams, especially in their rivals in the Eastern Conference.
Where it will show however is in the playoffs, where Miami struggled before and the same could happen to the Cavs if they don't improve.