By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on June 29, 2014
The Cleveland Cavaliers hit the jackpot and won the NBA Lottery for the third time in four years, selecting Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick. While Wiggins will undoubtedly energize the franchise and could make Kyrie Irving think twice about leaving in free agency, the Cavs still have a few key free agents to decide on. This is what their depth chart currently looks like after the draft.
Kyrie Irving is the heart and soul of this franchise, at least until Wiggins takes the torch from him. Irving is under contract for two more seasons and the Cavaliers hope that adding Wiggins and potentially another piece or two can persuade Irving to remain in Cleveland. Jarrett Jack is a quality backup, but the Cavs might look to move his contract with an eye towards handing Dellavedova the backup job.
While Cleveland may opt to work Wiggins in gradually behind Dion Waiters, he's the future of the franchise and will be starting at the two sooner rather than later. Waiters is a nice contingency option while Wiggins learns the ropes, but he could be trade bait to acquire another piece to put around Irving. Karasev is still raw but promising and Felix is just filler at this point.
While Anthony Bennett's game is more akin to a three than his body type is, at least for the time being he's penciled in as the starter. Luol Deng is a free agent and a long shot to re-sign in Cleveland and the Cavs could feasibly run out a three-guard lineup including Irving, Waiters, and Wiggins without a traditional three. Gee and Harris are merely role players on this team.
The Cavs will need to add more size in free agency or through a trade as Thompson is one of their only fours on the roster (unless you consider Bennett to be one). Thompson is a nice player, but hasn't lived up to the billing he had when he was picked fourth overall. The Cavs would like to bring in a traditional banger to spell Thompson, so that could happen in July.
Spencer Hawes, who was starting for Cleveland at the end of the year after a deadline deal brought him over from Philadelphia, is a free agent and may not be back. As of right now, veteran Varejao is the starter at center, although he's nearing the end of his rope as a Cav. Zeller is a decent backup option, but hasn't lived up to his first-round status.
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