The Cleveland Cavaliers have been preparing hard ahead of the 2015-16 NBA season.
After losing in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, thanks to some cripplingly bad luck with injuries that left LeBron James having to carry the Cavs on his bad through the series, Cleveland bowed out in six to the excellent Warriors, for whom everything seemed to click at the right time.
The Cavaliers had to keep their star players in Cleveland which is what they did, with both LeBron and Kevin Love agreeing to new deals with the franchise, despite being runners-up. But, the Cavs still need a lot more work.
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Alongside the aforementioned re-signings of Love and Lebron, the Cavaliers also managed to ink Iman Shumpert to a new contract while bringing in former Hornets and Timberwolves man Mo Williams, bringing him back to Cleveland for the first time since the guard left in 2011.
More players Needed
At the moment though, the Cavaliers only have ten players on their roster and five empty spots left to be filled. Three of them could be filled rather soon however.
According to a report from ProBasketballTalk, the Cavaliers have their eyes on several of the top free agents still available, some of them they already know well.
Thompson and Co.
The first name on the list is Tristan Thompson, the best player available in free agency who has only been talking to the Cavaliers. Thompson wants to stay in Cleveland and the Cavs want to keep him, but not at the money he is demanding.
Reportedly, Thompson - who has the same agent as James - wants the kind of money that Draymond Green just got, which is ridiculous. There is no real market for Thompson at this stage of free agency either, so he will likely have to take a reduced offer.
Then there is Matthew Dellavedova and J.R Smith, two men who spent last year with the Cavaliers and are now free agents. Smith opted out of the $6.4 million he would have been owed and it looks like he should have taken it. While Delly on the other hand is loved by the Cavs and is a lock to sign a new deal with the team.