By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 31, 2014
The Cleveland Cavaliers had the best offseason of any team in the NBA, and they will be favored by many to win the Eastern Conference next year. LeBron James has dominated most of the headlines, but make no mistake: This squad as a whole can make some noise in the playoffs. I still want to see how they fill out their roster before any predictions are made, but here are five issues they need to address before the season starts.
It seems like a trade is about to go down, but it cannot become official until a few weeks from now. I feel bad for Andrew Wiggins, because he probably never thought he would get drafted and traded in the same summer. He has sure made for a nice bargaining chip.
We all know that Dion Waiters wanted the ball a lot more last season, and things should only get worse for the shooting guard in that respect next year. LeBron James tends to want the ball in his hands as well. Waiters has said he wants to start, but he might be more effective off the bench.
Kyrie Irving is a far better shooter off of the dribble than when he spots up, but that will need to change in the future in order for his game to gel with James. Let us see if the All Star game's MVP can learn how to pick his spots and ease some of the defensive pressure on LeBron.
We all remember the look on LeBron's face the last time he walked off the court as a Cleveland Cavalier and ripped his jersey off. James has more talent around him this time around, but it still might not be enough to win a title next season. The good thing for Ohio is that his letter made clear he wants to be there for the long haul.
We have all heard that David Blatt is a highly respected coach, and most basketball nerds seem to think that the first-time NBA coach will have success at this level. The issue now is that expectations will be immense, which is admittedly not a bad problem to have. The pressure will only build over time though, and a lack of success next season might result in a panic move by Dan Gilbert.
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