By Sebastian Gonzalez on June 9, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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