The Cleveland Cavaliers were excited with their youth movement and hoped to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season. They were not prime candidates to make the playoffs, but most expected them to be a lot more competitive then they have turned out to be.
Cavaliers got off to a very bad start, going 3-12 in their first 15 games of the season. It didn’t get much better from there, as the league leader in rebounding, Anderson Varejao, went down and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Kyrie Irving missed his own share of games with a variety of injuries, and the fourth pick of the 2012 draft, Dion Waiters, has spent time on the sidelines as well.
After yet another disappointing year, what does the future hold for this Cavaliers team? A healthy core of Varejao, Irving, Waiters and Tristan Thompson is not a bad way to move forward. Due to the fact that their young guns are all on their rookie contracts, Cleveland will have some wiggle room this offseason. They are looking at yet another lottery pick and will have cap room to sign some free agents.
While cap space might not be an issue, attracting talent to Cleveland certainly will be. The Cavaliers are a couple free agents away from being serious playoff contenders, but they face yet another dilemma this summer. Do they make the push right now by trying to acquire some quality players, or do they hold tight and let their players develop for another year? The latter is probably the more likely option.
You can bet that summer 2014 is circled in the Cavaliers’ calendar. That’s when the team will most likely try to lure back the man they worshipped for seven seasons. It might be a long shot, but Cleveland would probably much rather wait another year, make a run at LeBron James and have the chance to once again become title contenders.
Vytis is an NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis