Is the 6th man role where you expect Waiters to stay, or is the plan to move him back into starting lineup? @Nominataur
Kyrie and Dion need to play together. They are the future. I have heard Mike Brown’s reasons but it makes no sense. Enough Jarrett Jack. Why is Dion still not starting? @ttermine
There are people within the organization who agree with this sentiment, but Dion Waiters will likely remain in a reserve role for the rest of the regular season, although that’s just a guess.
Waiters and Kyrie Irving are clearly playing better together lately, but Mike Brown is hesitant to tinker with the chemistry now that the team is actually starting to win. The Cavs are 10-7 since Feb. 7. With results like that, Brown isn’t likely to make a change.
What’s the team’s thinking on signing Hawes to a 3-5 year deal? @TH_Da_06er
Is Hawes going to be a Cav next year? @tvandr
Has Spencer Hawes played his way into the Cavs offseason plans? The chemistry he brings is obvious. @JLeBeau76
Do you think the driving ability of Kyrie and Dion is bringing out the best in Spencer Hawes? See the Cavs re-signing him? @bnagel81
Spencer Hawes has clearly been a hot topic with his play lately, but I’m thinking of putting an embargo on Hawes questions until after the season since nothing will change between now and then.
There is no way Hawes is getting a five-year deal for a variety of reasons. I think somewhere between two and three is much more realistic, perhaps with a team option stuck on the end. Teams are reluctant to guarantee future dollars on big deals anymore.
I wondered aloud recently if Hawes is simply playing over his head, but I talked to a scout this week who has always been high on him and think he fits well with the Cavs’ system. The team is open to bringing him back, but he’s probably not the top priority right now. It will also depend on how much money he is seeking. He’s making $6.5 million this year.
Has Tristan Thompson shown any improvement this year on offense? Especially with switching dominant hands? @JakeDV2
Thompson’s lack of improvement offensively has been terribly disappointing. He’s still struggling to make shots around the basket, still gets far too many shots blocked and isn’t as good defensively as he should be given his athleticism. The Cavs are facing a difficult decision this summer regarding Thompson, but more on that later.
Has Kyrie Irving justified using up 25 to 30 percent of salary cap for next 5 years in a max contract? @gbmann23575
There are plenty within the Cavs organization asking themselves that very question. I’m not sure they have reached any sort of consensus, but worth it or not, Irving is going to receive a max contract offer this summer.
Who is the main culprit, or what is the main reason, for this team’s maddening inconsistencies? @StealthNinja1
As much as fans don’t want to hear it, youth. These are typical growing pains for young teams figuring out how to win and play together. It makes no sense how this team could lose by 44 at Sacramento, then beat both Oklahoma City and Golden State on the road.
But the Cavs’ defensive numbers have been terrific over the last six weeks, which tells me Mike Brown’s message is finally getting through. It just took much, much longer than anyone expected.
Can Cavs sign-and-trade Deng in summer and still get something in return for him? @root4cleveland
Highly unlikely. Sign and trade deals just don’t carry the same appeal since the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified. I’d expect Luol Deng to simply walk away this summer as a free agent.
Who will be the next jersey to be retired? If Andy stays 4-5 more years, could it be him? @klodabest
First of all, I don’t see any way Anderson Varejao stays another four or five years. With the way he’s aging and his body is breaking down, I doubt he’s even in the league that much longer. And I also doubt that he’ll ever have his jersey retired, particularly after the debate Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ stirred.
Honestly the next number to go up will probably be LeBron James’ No. 23. This summer just might determine whether or not it ever happens for Kyrie Irving.
The Cavs have much more talent on their roster than LeBron ever had in his years in Cleveland. With his buddy Andy still here, Hawes spreading the floor, Kyrie a legitimate closer and All-Star running mate and his friendship/mentorship of Tristan Thompson, I have to think that the chances of LeBron coming back to Cleveland are more realistic than I’ve allowed myself to believe and much more likely than the national media seems to believe. What are your thoughts on the talent of the roster versus when LeBron was here before?
Aaron Howell, North Canton, Ohio (via email)
I know some people are getting tired of the LeBron debate, and I’ve grown weary of it at times, too. But one area that hasn’t really been explored yet is the youth of the complementary players on the Cavs’ roster. It has been made clear to me that James isn’t interested in playing with a bunch of kids regardless of where he goes. James wants to play for a team ready to win a championship. While Kyrie Irving’s talent excludes him from the youth debate, if the Cavs are serious players in the LeBron discussion either this summer or next, they may have to move some of these young pieces to both clear salary cap space and bring in some veterans better positioned to win now. That could mean any combination of Waiters, Anthony Bennett and/or Thompson would have to be moved to make any of this feasible. But that’s a discussion for another day.