If the Cavs are out of playoff contention do you think the Cavs will consider trading Deng or others at the deadline? @JZelch17
No. The acquisition of Luol Deng made it clear the postseason is the goal. The trade deadline is only a month away and the East is such a mess, it’s hard to envision the Cavs truly being “out of it” in a month. Besides, Deng cannot be traded for two months under rules of the collective barganing agreement, and if the long-term goal is to re-sign him, shopping him eliminates that. If the Cavs make another move, it will be as a buyer, not a seller.
Do the Cavs still have interest in Pau Gasol ? @JeremyinAkron
They have always felt he’d be a great fit on this team, but it’s difficult figuring a way to get him here now because of the salary cap rules and his bloated $19 million salary. Andrew Bynum’s creative contract was the best way to get him, but the Cavs were unwilling to give up valuable assets. That hasn’t changed.
If the Cavs wouldn’t play defense for B. Scott and still won’t for Mike Brown how can fans expect things to magically turn around? @SKloetzer15
The Cavs were last in defense last season and never ranked higher than 27th in three years under Byron Scott. They were 15th entering Friday’s game at Denver, so the defense is dramatically better. Unfortunately, “dramatically better” in this case only means they’re now average defensively.
I would expect this team to continue improving defensively, particularly with Deng around now echoing Brown’s message rather than simply parroting it, which a number of players have done to this point.
Why no Bennett in Canton? Kid needs to play. More disappointed in Grant for that than the pick. @BarryGilliland1
Why won’t the Cavs send Anthony Bennett to the D-League? He could use the work! @Wood112
This has been a hot-button topic all week. The Cavs have been staunchly against sending him to the D-League, but if he’s out of the rotation completely, as he now appears to be, then I think it’s time to swallow hard and make the move.
The Deng trade sharpened the focus for this season. It’s clear that winning is the goal and the Cavs can’t waste precious minutes right now trying to develop Bennett. Had they not traded for Deng and gone the other way, they could give Bennett 25 minutes a night and live with the results. No longer. If Brown thinks Bennett can help the Cavs win a game, he should stay up. If he’s going to remain a bystander, as he has been most nights since the Deng trade, then it’s probably best to let the kid go to Canton and play.
Do you feel the Cavs have a long-term starting center already on the roster, or does that need to be on CG’s to-do list? @erikcassano
Chris Grant has passed on centers at the top of drafts the last three years in Jonas Valanciunas, Andre Drummond and Alex Len. Anderson Varejao remains under contract for next season, but I think Tyler Zeller will be prepared to start in the NBA by then. It depends on what you’re expecting. He’s not going to be challenging for an All-Star bid, but based on what we’ve seen the past couple of weeks, he can hold his own defensively and give a team at least 8-10 points and 6-8 rebounds consistently.