Do you think the Cavs will finally be able to cash in on the pick acquired by the Kings for J.J. Hickson? @DavidBuona
Not this year, but eventually. The pick is top 12 protected this season and I have a hard time believing the Sacramento Kings can stay that close to the playoff race. But the sale of the franchise and the new ownership group could benefit the Cavs, since new owner Vivek Ranadive seems committed to spending money and making the Kings a winner again — eventually.
After this season, the protection drops to top 10 for the next three seasons. So as long as the Kings can climb from being one of the worst 10 teams over the next three seasons, the Cavs should eventually get the pick.
The Cavs tried negotiating with the Kings off and on over the last year tinkering with the protections, offering to both give the pick back in a trade or going the other way and loosening some of the protections. Thus far, they’ve been unable to strike a deal.
Do you think Chris Grant prefers Sergei to stay in CLE and learn from Mike Brown, or go to Canton eventually and get minutes? @cre8ive_juice
When Karasev gets activated, how much playing time should we expect? 8-10 minutes? Less? @anthonypolice
Will Karasev get into the rotation at all? @futon311
Sergey Karasev obviously made an impression on fans in the preseason. He’s healthy now, he was just inactive the first two games because Andrew Bynum was active.
The Cavs are high on Karasev long term, but they want him to get bigger (he’s only 19). I’d expect him to spend a fair amount of time in Canton this season. The only way he really cracks the rotation is if Earl Clark and Alonzo Gee both flop at small forward and Brown gives him a shot. But Brown is already on record saying he prefers to use Karasev at shooting guard right now simply because he’s not big enough and strong enough to defend the game’s top small forwards. Stay tuned.
Will Brown try a small-ball lineup such as Kyrie, Jack, Dion, Clark and Thompson? @showiler
Substitute Anderson Varejao for Earl Clark and you might be right. The Cavs are trying to keep Clark strictly a small forward this season since it’s new to him and he’s still learning the position.
The focus of your question, however, seems to be the three-guard lineup. While we haven’t seen it yet, Brown has alluded to it a few times already and even said Friday night he’d consider using it at the end of games. I think we’ll see it eventually when the matchup is right.
Will Varejao leave Cleveland during this season if Bynum comes back? @CavsFR
With the Cavs in win now mode, I think Varejao will remain in Cleveland all year — and I was the one advocating trading him the last couple years. Now there’s no need to trade him, since his injury history will likely diminish his trade value.
As for next season, anything is possible. His contract is only partially guaranteed, making it easy to move if the Cavs need his $9 million in cap space to sign a free agent to a big contract.
Is Bennett in his ideal game shape or is he still trying to shed a few? @cmsigler7
Anthony Bennett keeps downplaying the questions about his weight, but it’s pretty clear he’s not yet in ideal shape. He was diagnosed with asthma prior to the draft and the Cavs diagnosed him with sleep apnea shortly after drafting him, but both of those conditions are manageable.
Bennett simply needs a year to grow and learn. He’ll have flashes where he defends, rebounds and generally looks terrific and he’ll have stretches similar to his first two games, when he missed all eight of his shots.
Have a Cavs question? Send it to Jason Lloyd via Twitter @JasonLloydABJ. Selected questions will appear in Sunday’s mailbag in the Beacon Journal and on Ohio.com all season long.