Would you consider Tristan untouchable this offseason? @MaxInMassillon
Whose career path do you think Thompson most resembles? Any guess on what kind of extension he gets? Taj Gibson-like? @fleishm
Only a select few guys in the league (maybe five to seven) are truly untouchable. Tristan Thompson obviously doesn’t qualify. That said, the Cavs have been thrilled with his development this season and have no plans to move him. He has 19 double-doubles in 39 games since Anderson Varejao was injured, and the Cavs believe he is about a year ahead of schedule. They weren’t expecting these types of numbers out of him until next season.
Thompson isn’t eligible for an extension until 2015, so the Cavs will have a few seasons to examine the repercussions of the stiffer salary cap on extensions. Right now, however, the four-year, $38 million extension Gibson signed with the Bulls before the season seems reasonable.
How will the Cavs be able to preserve their cap space for 2014 but reach the salary floor at the same time? @Bruce_27_09
Simple. No team in the NBA technically has to spend a certain amount on the salary cap. Yes, the salary floor for next season is 90 percent of the cap.
For simplicity’s sake, if the cap is $60 million next season, the Cavs will have to devote $54 million to payroll. But if their cap figure doesn’t reach $54 million, the difference between $54 million and their actual cap figure will be redistributed amongst the players on the team.
The Cavs won’t be pressured into signing players they don’t really want just to hit a cap figure.
What does the front office see as the biggest need going into this offseason? A big man, wing, defense, spot shooter, BPA? @RobertNero23
There are two parts to this. The biggest need this summer is to improve defensively, but most everyone within the organization believes that improvement will come from within. As this nucleus plays together longer, the belief (hope?) is that they understand the importance of defense and start defending better.
As far as the position they’ll target in the draft, I would expect them to choose a big man with their first pick.