It may seem like a long time ago now that the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the NBA Finals. The team went just 24-58 this season and has the No. 1 pick in the draft later in June. There is one thing that is very obvious to me at least going forward for the Cavaliers: the team needs to get some help for Kyrie Irving before he turns into the next LeBron James and leaves town.
It would definitely help if the team was able to secure the idea of having James return to town as a free agent after next season. The problem is that even though the team will likely take Nerlens Noel with the top pick in the draft, this team still needs more help. I like what Anderson Varejao can bring, but how much longer will he be there? Noel likely takes the spot of Varejao within a year or two.
I want the team to get some veteran help in there this offseason so this quest to get back towards a championship team can move along more quickly. That may be easier said than done, though.
Irving is only 21-years-old and still has a couple years left on his rookie contract. The Cavaliers can’t be fooling around and letting even the chance of him leaving enter his mind. There have been reports that the team is waiting until next offseason to make any big moves and I really hope that is true. This is the make-or-break next 18 months for the Cavaliers and the future of their franchise.