After Kyrie, who on the current roster will be the biggest priority to keep? @thatguy5000
That depends on your taste. Spencer Hawes is high on the list, but I’ve heard rumblings he wants to play on the West Coast. Don’t they all? Since there are only a handful of teams and a select number of spots, he could be back if that falls through.
Luol Deng isn’t expected back and the Cavs will have to make a decision regarding Tristan Thompson, who is also up for an extension this summer. If they don’t want to pay what he’ll be asking, they may have to at least explore trading him this summer.
If they don’t come to terms on an extension with him, he’ll play out next season and then enter restricted free agency, where the Cavs will chance losing him for nothing. And getting nothing in return for a former No. 4 overall pick isn’t really protecting the asset. Just another example of why this has the ingredients to be a wild summer.
What do you think the team goal for wins is in 2014/15 regular season realistically? 45? @ohiogator95
That was actually the number I picked for this season, so what do I know? I thought the East would be weak outside the top two teams (it was) and that the Cavs were positioned to make a giant leap (they were). But the leap never came.
Still, this team has gradually increased its win total each of the last four seasons. I think another leap to between 41 and 43 wins next season, barring a jarring change to the roster, is feasible.
How do you feel about Bennett? Is he a bust or do you expect him to make a big jump over the offseason? @Kadraven
One season isn’t enough time to declare anyone a bust, but even Mike Brown conceded this summer is “huge” for Anthony Bennett. The Cavs will presumably want to keep him close for most of the summer to keep an eye on his weight and training regimen.
Selfishly speaking, the Cavs perhaps dodged a bullet when Canada wasn’t selected as a wild card for this summer’s FIBA World Cup. Bennett obviously would’ve wanted to play for Team Canada, but now the Cavs can keep him here under their supervision without having uncomfortable conversations.