Cleveland has had an amazing week in sports. The Cavaliers were presented their championship rings on Tuesday and sit at 2-0 on the season after beating Toronto yesterday.
The Indians lead the World Series by one game and ensured that the Fall Classic will be headed back to The Land on Tuesday.
Needless to say things are looking up for both the defending champs and championship hopefuls. But, that doesn’t mean things can’t improve for the Cavs during their title defense.
The starting rotation on the shores of Lake Erie has remained largely unchanged. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith are all back. The bench is a different story for the defending champions.
Matthew Dellavedova, Mo Williams and Timofey Mozgov are gone. The team is in need of a backup point guard in addition to rookie Kay Felder. The only tradable piece on the roster is swingman Iman Shumpert.
The 26-year-old has three years and $30 million left on his deal. According to Cleveland.com: “The Cavs are answering the phone, as ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported. But they are not actively looking to deal him, a team source told Cleveland.com.”
There has been a lot of speculation about Ricky Rubio’s future with the Minnesota Timberwolves and his name has surfaced as a possible target for Cleveland.
However, it is important to point out that the trade exception that the organisation has could be used to trade for Rubio instead of Shumpert. For the moment, he is safe. Now, he can defend his title without having to worry about being shopped.