By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on April 15, 2014
The Cleveland Cavaliers will miss the playoffs for the fourth-consecutive season. It has been a rough past few seasons for the Cavaliers in the post-LeBron James era, but the future remains bright with current players such as Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. As the Cavaliers continue to rebuild toward a brighter future, what are the five biggest rumors surrounding them?
Mike Brown had a decent season in his first year back as Cavaliers coach, as the Cavaliers are 32-49 as of this writing. He is expendable, however. David Griffin is currently the interim GM. If the Cavaliers hire a new general manager, Brown could easily be on his way out. If the Cavaliers keep Griffin or hire someone within the organization as GM, Brown will stay.
There is little doubt that Kyrie Irving is one of the most talented players in the NBA. Irving ranks 14th in the NBA in scoring with 20.9 points per game. However, the Cavaliers didn't really miss a beat in his absence, going 5-6 in games without him. Irving ranks 35th in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio. He is a great one-on-one player, but he won't make the team better.
The 22-year-old Kyrie Irving has two years left on his deal after this season. Irving will return to the Cavaliers and get his extension. The Cavs realize even though they may not be winning championships any time soon with or without Irving, he is still one of the most exciting and talented players in the league. It is hard to find talent like him in this league, and the Cavaliers realize that.
Anthony Bennett may go down as the biggest bust in NBA history, but he can still contribute to the Cavaliers' rotation. Bennett started out the season on a historically bad note, as he averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 boards per game in the first 41 games of the season. Since then, he has improved, posting averages of 5.6 points and 3.3 boards per game since the All-Star break. Bennett is not a star player, but he can be a role player.
No, Cavaliers fans, there is absolutely no chance LeBron James is returning to Cleveland this year. James has the option of becoming a free agent in 2014, but regardless of whether the Heat win the championship, James is returning to Miami. He is already carving out a legacy in South Beach, has two all-star teammates in Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade and there is no state income tax in the state of Florida. No chance he leaves for Cleveland.
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