Another game, another pathetic performance for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Acquiring Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls clearly hasn’t done anything to fix the Cavs, so maybe it is time to go in a different, more painful direction for Cavaliers fans.
If you are trying to figure out what’s wrong with this Cavaliers team, you can just stop. I can tell you what the problem is: Everything. They are a complete mess. Coming into the season, we saw a roster that looked really good — Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varejao and Jarrett Jack — what could go wrong?
Well, something clearly went wrong. Bynum is no longer with the Cavs, Jack hasn’t been good after signing as a free agent in the offseason, Bennett has been one of the worst first-overall picks as a rookie in the history of the NBA. Even Irving and Waiters, the team’s future backcourt, haven’t worked out. They apparently can’t stand each other and they don’t seem to have a lot of chemistry.
Reports come out every other day that show more and more dysfunction in the Cavaliers’ locker room, but the past week has been rather damning. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Irving is ready to get out of Cleveland because he doesn’t really like anything that the team is doing at this point. On Saturday, rumors were swirling that he wants to play for the New York Knicks. Irving has denied these reports, obviously, but the rumors that he already has a specific team in mind that he would like to play for seem to add some validity to the gossip.
Also, we found out today that Waiters was kicked out of practice last week — just another Waiters’ controversy, and even Deng is in the news for bad reasons. Deng reportedly was extremely angry to be traded from the Bulls to the Cavs, and he says that things that go on in Cavs’ practices would never happen at a Bulls’ practice.
Dysfunction. Is there a better way to describe this team and its players right now? I don’t know if I want to trade Irving at this point, but to be honest, I’m getting closer. Right now, if the Cavs’ front office blew the entire team up and traded every single player, I probably wouldn’t even care. Something needs to be done to the roster and it needs to be drastic. There are no small fixes for this team, something big has to happen.