Cleveland Cavaliers Had a Busy Offseason, But They Shouldn’t Stop Just Yet
Cleveland Cavaliers Needs to Continue Being Aggressive Going After These 5 Players
As the Cleveland Cavaliers try to wrap up a successful offseason where they drafted power forward Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft and signed center Andrew Bynum, they should still be targeting five more free agents that could help turn this squad into not only a playoff-bound team, but a threat to other teams in the Eastern Conference.
During the 2012 season, the Cavaliers had another struggling season and haven’t quite found their touch since the infamous “The Decision” when LeBron James left the city of Cleveland for Miami. Since then, James has won two championships, while his old team has yet to make the playoffs and posted a miserable 24-58 record in 2012.
In 2013, however, the Cavaliers have the chance to finally break out and showcase a glimpse of their potential, as the fortunes are finally turning to their side.
It has been a busy, yet successful offseason where the Cavaliers were able to sign Bynum, who is an All-Star center when healthy, and also nabbed combo guard Jarrett Jack to backup their All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
Although the Cavaliers have assembled a great roster that is full of potential, the next step they need to take is to commit playing two-way basketball, as they have struggled on the defensive end, particularly late in games.
The Cavaliers ranked 25th defensively in the NBA, allowing 101.2 points per game during the 2012-13 campaign. In order for the baby Cavaliers to make the playoffs and create some noise, their young stars that include Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and now Bennett, must commit in turning their potential into a reality in 2013.
In order for the Cavaliers to continue their growth, they will need to continue targeting key free agents in helping their team take that next step.
5. SG Darius Morris
As the three-point shot continues to become more popular in the NBA, every team needs to have their own sharpshooter. The Cavaliers have a couple of three-point shooters, but none that are consistent enough.
Guard Darius Morris showcased his shooting abilities and really grew into a solid three-point shooter. Morris can be a streaky shooter, but for the most part, Morris did a great job of hitting timely shots and getting to the open spot.
If the Cavaliers want to keep the lanes open, they will need a shooter to stretch the defense and respect the three-point line.
4. SF Ronnie Brewer
One thing that this team lacked in 2012 was the intensity on defense. That side of the ball was a huge issue that the Cavaliers could not fix, and every team needs to have a great wing defender. Ronnie Brewer would be the best candidate for the job, as he is known for his suffocating defense on opposing players.
3. PF Lamar Odom
This is a long shot, but if the Cavaliers were willing to take a gamble on Bynum’s knees, you would think that they would strongly consider adding Lamar Odom to their front line.
Odom is not the same player he was when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, but if he can get his head straight and refocus, he could be a very valuable asset to a team that features an athletic front.
As the Cavaliers struggled in rebounding and defense, Odom would be an immediate impact in those areas, not to mention that he would create mismatches because of his size and guard-like abilities.
2. PG Keyon Dooling
During the season, Irving has dealt with certain injuries that has kept him out for a couple of games, and it wouldn’t hurt if the Cavaliers went after a veteran point guard like Keyon Dooling.
Although Dooling is not much of a scorer, he is more than capable of holding his own out on the court. Dooling would be a great addition to a point guard group that is already strong.
Dooling could be a good insurance to have, and is a solid player.
1. PF Ivan Johnson
The Cavaliers will have Thompson and Bennett sharing minutes at the power forward position, but it wouldn’t hurt if they added another big. Enter Ivan Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks.
Johnson is only entering his second season in the NBA, but is 29 years old. The Cavaliers need help in the rebounding area, and Johnson is a capable rebounder who can also find ways to score on the block.
In a grueling season, it doesn’t hurt to have depth on the front line, especially when you have to face teams like the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets who all possess a great inside game.