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#1 LakerGeezer


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Posted June 11, 2018 - 07:50 AM

Assuming Lebron is gone, what direction do they take? 


First, a little perspective.  The Cavs have had the good fortune, since 2011, of winning the lottery twice.  They have had 5 picks at #4 or above and 2 #1's in that timeframe.  Who have they drafted?







Who did they pass up?

2011:  Kawhi, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson

2012:  Lillard, Draymond Green

2013:  Olidipo, Otto Porter, the Greek Freak, Steve Adams, Gobert, CJ McCollum

2014:  Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Randle


OK, so no one FO is gonna get it "right" all the time, but do you see the pattern here?  The Cavs, after LBJ left for Miami, had an embarrassment of draft pick riches based upon tanking and then amazingly good luck.  


LBJ comes back, this should have been a super team for the rest of his career, with just average FO draft picking and FA acquisitions. 


So what's next?  Here would be my plan:

1.  Fire Lue.  The Cavs were not going to beat GSW no matter, but it's pretty evident that Lue is a pedestrian coach.  Go find the next Brad Stevens.

2.  Clean house for picks, at the right time.  Love and Thompson have some trade value (altho the salaries would be tough to handle) and could be moved near the 2019 trade deadline.  Hill, JR Smith, Hood, Korver, Green might fetch some picks if salary can be dumped.

3.  Find a competent and strong GM.  When your first move as a GM (Altman) is to answer the phone when Ainge calls, you're screwed.  This move is key, as they need to find a strong GM who the owner respects.

4.  Convince Gilbert to back off.  Tough to do, but Gilbert is their Jimmie Buss but worse- big ego, activist owner with time on his hands.  At least Gilbert actually made his own money.  I'd make a run at the Utah GM (Lindsey), he's done an incredible job.

5.  Let the young guys play.  There's not a ton of talent there (Clarkson, Nance, Osman, Zizic) but I would find out what they can do.




#2 Busty Bluth

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Posted June 11, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Well I can see a butt hurt Dan Gilbert offering Julius the max if Lebron comes to LA

Bye for now

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Posted June 11, 2018 - 03:00 PM

LBJ screwed them over by getting TT and JR those fat contracts. Enjoy it 

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Posted June 11, 2018 - 08:03 PM

After they lose Lebron all they can hope for is that Kevin Love reverts to the Minny version of himself, which would be putting up gaudy numbers on a bad team. Although, if that does happen they will probably make the playoffs in the weak east. 

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Posted June 12, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Where do the Cavs go?

Back to the bottom of the food-chain, just like they did when Lebron left the first time.

If anything, they're even in a worst position now then before considering all the money they have tied up for the next 2 seasons.


Love - $50 million (Next 2 years)

Thompson - $37 million (Next 2 years)

JR Smith - $30 million (Next 2 years)

Clarkson - $26 million (Next 2 years)

George Hill - $39 million (Next 2 years)

Kyle Korver - $15 million (Next 2 years)


That's about $95 million tied up for the next 2 years into 1 extremely injury prone All-Star on the decline and a handful of role players whom have peaked if not are on the decline as well.


- After Lebron left the first time, they were a lottery team and acquired the 1st overall pick like 3/4 years he was gone (1,4,1,1).  The lottery is back to where they're headed.  

- There's no reason to fire Lue considering they just extended him to a 5 year 35 million deal.

- Dan Gilbert is the owner, and a brass one at that, he won't step down as long as he owns the team.  If you're a Cleveland native, your only hope is he sells the entire franchise.


Dan Gilbert got what he was asking for.  The Kyrie trade sealed his fate as well as the franchises future.  You don't go trading your 2nd best player and best point guard in the Eastern Conference without the consent and opinion of Lebron.

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Posted June 12, 2018 - 12:57 PM




Hope that MAgic and Rob don't let Lebron do whatever he cares, he's terrible as an executive.

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#7 DaSmoothOperator



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Posted June 15, 2018 - 03:42 PM

Down to the lottery again!

#8 BasketballIQ



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Posted June 15, 2018 - 05:07 PM

He hasnt even left

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