Cleveland Cavaliers Lose to New Orleans Pelicans, Prove It's Time to Look Toward Future

By Zach Morrison
New Orleans Pelicans
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The Cleveland Cavaliers had high hopes prior to the 2013-14 season, and since starting 1-0 against the Brooklyn Nets, things have only gone downhill since then. Even after making the trade to acquire Luol Deng, the Cavs still can’t seem to get on the right track. It may be time to rethink things.

The New Orleans Pelicans, much like the Cavs, have had a season that hasn’t quite met expectations to this point. Despite having a deep backcourt of Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon, as well as a great young center Anthony Davis, injuries have proven to be a problem for them.

Tuesday night’s game wasn’t a good one for the Cavs, much like most nights. Only four players showed up for them: Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and — surprisingly — Anthony Bennett. The former No. 1 overall pick had by far the best game of his rookie season on Tuesday, going for 15 points and eight rebounds. It is certainly a good sign to see Bennett have a great game and look as confident as he did in the fourth quarter, despite the loss.

With the Cavs at just 16-29 on the season, it is time for some serious consideration towards being sellers rather than buyers at the trade deadline. The Cavaliers do have some pieces they could trade away for some young players and draft picks — Jarrett Jack, C.J. Miles, Deng and Anderson Varejao — along with maybe even some younger players that are currently considered building blocks like Waiters and Tristan Thompson. The only player that should be untouchable, or at least close to untouchable, on the Cavaliers’ roster is Irving.

The upcoming draft is expected to be the best since the LeBron James‘ draft in 2003. I suppose a shot at a top five pick in this draft may be worth another season or two of tanking. It’s not like the Cavs are playing well enough to get into the playoffs right now anyway.

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