How concerned is the Cavs front office over Anthony Bennett? If the Cavs are in the lottery, will Chris Grant still be GM? @ejmaroun
Have you heard anyone in the Cavs front office admit making a mistake with Bennett at #1? @CTownDaddy
In so many words? No. There is obvious concern throughout the organization with the way Bennett has played so far, and perhaps some second-guessing. But no one has declared the pick was a mistake.
The kid has to play better, and he has in short bursts in recent weeks, but Mike Brown has to commit to playing him for anyone to actually see the results. Brown said recently he’d be more patient with Bennett and play him more minutes, but that hasn’t happened.
Confidence issues aside why haven’t the Cavs sent Bennett to the occasional D-league game to get experience? @JLeBeau76
No top pick in the draft has ever played in the Development League and the Cavs have no intention of becoming the first. Part of it might be an image thing, but I’ve talked to numerous people in the organization who fear it would do more harm than good. Bennett’s confidence is shaky right now to start. Sending him to Canton would only further damage his psyche.
Last offseason, did the Cavs try and sign Tyreke Evans? @JeffKooyman
Not to my knowledge. They were more focused on guys like Kyle Korver and Mike Dunleavy. Then when the Warriors had to part with Jarrett Jack to sign Andre Iguodala, the Cavs moved quickly to sign Jack.
Evans ultimately signed an offer sheet with the New Orleans Hornets for four years and $44 million. He has played well for them, but given the way he fizzled his last few years in Sacramento, there’s no chance the Cavs would’ve given him that kind of contract.
How is winning the 8th seed better for the organization long term than a lotto pick in this draft? This core isn’t complete. @FAKEctownGM
I tend to agree with you. I think this season is reaching the point of deciding whether to continue on this quest for the playoffs with a flawed roster or taking one more crack at the lottery. With this type of draft class, I’d tend to lean toward the lottery.
Please tell me I’m wrong ... only reason Cavs won’t get Gasol is due to Grant’s reluctance to give up one of Clark/Gee/Miles? @Jweev45
OK, you’re wrong. In fact, under the NBA’s trade rules, the Cavs would almost have to give up one of those three (along with Bynum) just to make the trade work. Since Pau Gasol makes $19 million, Bynum’s contract alone (worth $12 million on the cap) isn’t enough. The Cavs would have to throw in more money. Hence, one of those guys you mentioned.
The reluctance on the Cavs’ part is giving away a future asset (a young player or a first-round pick) for what will likely be a few months of Gasol.
What is the latest on Bynum trade? Why would Cavs want Jefferson? @ebyoder
The Cavs would want Richard Jefferson from the Utah Jazz if he’s the best player available in trade and because he fills a huge void at small forward.
Jefferson is a shell of the player he was a few years ago and he makes $11 million, but it’s the last year of his deal and he’s still an upgrade over the Alonzo Gee/Earl Clark combination. Mike Brown has been forced to play most games with three guards because he isn’t getting the type of production he wants out of his small forwards. The hope is Jefferson would change that.