When will the seat start getting hot for Byron Scott and Chris Grant? @bdw890
Despite a 4-12 record entering Saturday and a 44-120 record since they took over as coach and GM, both Scott and Grant are absolutely safe this season and beyond. By not pursuing free agents, Grant understands he has at times handcuffed the roster, and therefore doesn’t blame the coach. Similarly, owner Dan Gilbert has put his full faith and support in Grant and the Cavaliers’ rebuilding plan. This is considered another building season of growth, and no one in management or on the court is feeling intense pressure from ownership to win now.
Cavs have been stockpiling picks and $. Is summer ’13 the time they plan to get aggressive? @J_Dagger80
Any idea when Gilbert will find his “real” checkbook and PAY for talent? @cavsaddict
Will the Cavaliers finally use their cap room & assets next summer to accelerate the “building process?” @Falb7
It’s more likely the Cavs strike a big deal through a trade than free agency. The Cavs want to avoid negotiating with unrestricted free agents at all costs for fear of having to overspend to get players in Cleveland. Overspending for marginal talent is a guaranteed way to chew up valuable cap space with little return.
The decision not to pursue free agents lies with Grant, not Gilbert. If the Cavs’ front office believed a particular player was a necessary piece to the future, Gilbert would hand them a blank check out of his real checkbook.
Can you please explain the NBA trade rules? What date teams can start trading midseason and the deadline? @JamieMcKay15
Teams are free to trade players anytime between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline. The only time trades aren’t permissible is from Feb. 21 through the end of the season. The James Harden trade aside, it’s unusual for most trades to occur until much closer to the trade deadline. Deals can happen anytime, but most of the trade chatter intensifies around the All-Star break (just days before the trade deadline) and around June’s draft.