Never Too Soon to Talk CAVS in The Land by Logan Leduc ’17

As the buzzer sounded the end of a thrilling NBA season, only one team could look at themselves and say they were the best team in basketball: the Golden State Warriors. As they celebrated for weeks over their great accomplishment, the Cavaliers front office was hard at work. First order of business, re-signing LeBron James and Kevin Love. LeBron was pretty much a flat out guarantee to re-sign, but there was a lot of speculation over K-Love. Would he join the Knicks, Lakers, or maybe even the Celtics? Would he stay to win a championship or leave for a flashy city? Love made it apparent that his work was not done in Cleveland as he signed a healthy five year/one hundred and ten million dollar deal with the Cavaliers just a couple days into free agency. With the signing of Love came the re-signing of the King, LeBron James. Next order of business, bringing back the supporting cast. The list was long. J.R. Smith, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, and Timofey Mozgov were all due new contracts. Every man has been re-signed thus far, except for one. Tristan Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have been going back and forth discussing a contract with the Cavs. Tristan wants a max deal worth nearly nineteen million a year for the next five years. There’s just one problem. The man is a bench player averaging about eight points and eight boards a game. Does he really deserve that kind of money? In the meantime, the Cavs had to polish up the bench by bringing in backups for both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James as they want to put less minutes/fatigue on the franchise’s stars. The Cavs did just that by signing former Cavalier, Mo Williams, to bring in a scoring aspect off the bench. The team also made moves by finding a backup to LeBron in Richard Jefferson and finally, the Cavs brought  in another seven footer from Russia named Sasha Kaun. In addition, the Cavs traded the contracts of Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller, opening up cap space for a possible mid-season trade. Oh yes, things are looking very good for the Cavaliers. With the exception of Kyrie who will be out until January, everyone is going to be back and healthy. Cleveland, you have something to look forward to.

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