The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Top 5 Offseason Priorities

The Cleveland Cavaliers' Top 5 Offseason Priorities

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After a disappointing season filled with losses, trades and off-court turmoil, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to turn things around for next season. Yet another No. 1 draft pick lies in their laps. Add that to the contracts that are coming off the books, and GM David Griffin has the base set to overhaul the franchise.

5. Ship Out Dion Waiters

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5. Ship Out Dion Waiters

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While Dion Waiters has shown a great ability to score the ball, the Cavaliers have to ask themselves if that scoring is worth the headaches Waiters brings during the season. The shooting guard has been revealed to have negative attitudes and behaviors, and both sides could do well with a separation from each other. Shipping him and Tristan Thompson out for some draft picks or a role player would be ideal for the Cavs.

4. New Head Coach

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4. New Head Coach

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The Cavaliers were expecting to make the playoffs this season, but the additions of Andrew Bynum, Luol Deng and Jarrett Jack never panned out. Former head coach Mike Brown could never develop an offensive system or exploit Kyrie Irving's talents. If the Cavs have any hope of turning this franchise around, they must find a talented coach who preaches offense, defense and discipline.

3. The No. 1 Draft Pick

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3. The No. 1 Draft Pick

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It's a shame to think that had the Cleveland Cavaliers shown any sort of competence with their draft picks in past years, they could have a trio of Kyrie Irving, Victor Oladipo and Andre Drummond. But now, the Cavs once again have the No. 1 draft pick and with such a deep class, it's hard to see them going wrong. Nonetheless, they'll need to find someone to help take the burden off Irving's shoulders, either through trade or in the draft.

2. Extending Kyrie

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2. Extending Kyrie

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The offseason has to start off on the right foot, and that can only happen by extending Kyrie Irving's contract, even if it means paying him the max. His season was a bit disappointing, but that could be due to Mike Brown's system. He's shown to boast the best handles in the game; he has an amazing ability to score, and can create opportunities for others. The Cavs must extend Irving.

1. Operation LeBron

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1. Operation LeBron

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The Cavs will be watching the NBA Finals very closely. If the Miami Heat fall, LeBron James could potentially opt out of his contract. And if he does, the return of the prodigal son to Cleveland would be an amazing storyline. And why not? With Kyrie Irving and this year's No. 1 draft pick, LeBron James would finally find the help he never had during his first stint in Cleveland.

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  • Charlie Peterson

    Two out of five. Find a coach and extend Irving are good points. Shipping out a young shooting guard who also can play point guard in a pinch because some media types think their is a problem is not smart. In addition, a young team can’t afford to trade an affordable PF who good for 10 pts 10 rpg for younger unproven players or draft picks is just dumb. The writer must hate the Cavs or want them to be a minor league team where good teams select developed players from.

  • ron riccota

    why hasnt anyone even mentioned hawes is a key for the cavs?