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Cleveland Cavaliers GM Griffin insists they intend to keep their roster together

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After overcoming a 46-year drought for a championship in stunning fashion against the Golden State Warriors, the only question surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers now is, what does the future hold?

According to general manager David Griffin, the franchise hopes it will be more of the same. Speaking to ESPN Radio, he said that the Cavs' main goal in free agency will be to keep its current roster together or, if possible, make very little changes. 

Had Cleveland not won the title, Griffin's words may have been a little different. But after becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, there's very little pressure on the front office to make big decisions this offseason.

"We do intend to keep this group together and see what we're capable of," Griffin said.

That appears to rule out the possibility of Kevin Love being traded after that particular notion intensified during the Finals, where he struggled to make much of an impact. 

After suffering a concussion game two, the big man missed game three and had to come off the bench in the following encounter. 

He was the subject of intense criticism after game five where he posted just two points and contributed almost nothing to the win.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Seven

But he went some way to answering those critics in the deciding game of the series when he pulled down an important 14 rebounds and defended MVP Steph Curry brilliantly in one of the final possessions of the game to get a crucial stop for the Cavaliers. 

‎"I think our best basketball's in front of us because we finally organically grew to the point that we were ready to achieve something together," Griffin said. "And so I expect you're going to see better play from Kyrie Irving, who I think took a huge jump both as an individual talent and a winner throughout these playoffs. [And] I think Kevin's fit with us is much more clearly defined." 

The Wine and Gold have six free agents heading into free agency on July 1. J.R. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova, Timofey Mozgov, James Jones and Dahntay Jones are the players whose futures in Cleveland seem unclear.   

The future of the team's most high-profile free agent, LeBron James, is not in question at all, however.   

At the team's championship parade, the King immediately confirmed that he had no intention of departing his hometown again and would be leaving it up to his agent to iron out the details of his next deal.

Veteran Richard Jefferson is still considering whether to retire or play on for one more year after he flirted with the idea of hanging up his shoes following the Ohio outfit's historic championship win. 

Thanks to the achievement, though, the organisation can go into a rare summer without needing to make wholesale changes to create a winning team as they are now are now the team to beat.

Topics:
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
LeBron James
Kevin Love

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