Before the Cavaliers played at the Los Angeles Lakers in mid-January, the team was still in contention for a playoff spot when a couple of coach Byron Scott’s old media acquaintances were asking about the Cavs’ roster.


“We’re nowhere near where we need it to be,” Scott said.


The roster only regressed from there, with the Cavs flipping Development League players in and out through a turnstile over the season’s final six weeks. The Cavs’ final roster had eight players on it who spent at least part of this season in the D-League.


With four of the top 34 picks in this summer’s draft, the goal is obviously to improve the talent. In order to do that, the present roster needs to be evaluated. Here is a player-by-player look at the Cavs’ final roster and the prospects for each player returning next season: Definitely, most likely, 50/50, not likely and no chance.


Those listed as restricted free agents will only be restricted if the Cavs make a qualifying offer of about $1.1 million by July 1. Otherwise, they’re unrestricted and free to sign with any team.


Omri Casspi


Final line: 7.1 points per game average, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists.


Contract: Signed through next season ($2.2 million).


The good: He stayed healthy. That’s about it.


The bad: Casspi was probably the most disappointing player of the season. He lost his starting job, posted career lows in nearly every offensive category and was criticized by Scott for not knowing the playbook late in the season. But other than that …


The future: 50/50. The Cavs will spend the summer trying to upgrade at the wing positions.


Semih Erden


Final line: 3.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists.


Contract: Restricted free agent, made $790,000 this season.


The good: His size. Guys who are 7 feet and 260 pounds are hard to find. Erden can fill the lane, which is why two scouts I spoke to during the season about him were intrigued. Scott was at one time, too, but doesn’t seem to be anymore.


The bad: Erden never looks like he’s trying very hard, which irritates his coach, and he’s had injuries to his thumb, shoulder, groin and ankle. Guys that big should grab more rebounds than Erden does. Scott had high hopes for him at one time, but when I asked him during the season’s final week if he wanted Erden back next season, Scott’s reply was, “I don’t know yet.” Translation: “We’re sure going to look hard to find someone better.”


The future: Not likely to return.


Alonzo Gee


Final line: 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists.


Contract: Restricted free agent, made $885,000 this season.


The good: No player made more strides this season than Gee, who worked his way up from D-League castoff to NBA starter. He isn’t even mentioned in the Most Improved Player discussions, but he should be. He’s always playing hard, he’s a good defender and his shot is improving.


The bad: He wore down toward the end of the season and got exposed against some better players, but he played in Poland during the lockout and was exhausted. Needs to keep working on his perimeter shot, but he is a bone fide top-eight rotation player even on a good team.


The future: Definitely. He wants to come back, and the Cavs love him. They’ll get something done.


Daniel Gibson


Final line: 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists.


Contract: Signed through next season ($4.8 million, partially guaranteed).


The good: Remains the team’s best perimeter defender despite being undersized. Consistent 3-point shooter when healthy.


The bad: Shot a career-worst 35 percent from the floor and was under 40 percent on 3-pointers. Has dealt with nagging injuries throughout his career and missed the last 23 games this season after tearing a tendon in his left foot and ankle.


The future: Most likely. The front office is high on Gibson, and he’s a leader in the locker room. But he must rediscover his stroke or else next year will be his last in Cleveland.


Luke Harangody


Final line: 2.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists.


Contract: Restricted free agent made $790,000 this season.


The good: Regained some confidence and rediscovered himself with a late-season trip to the Development League. Had a breakout game at Washington upon returning to the Cavs. A high-energy player whose best asset is his hustle.


The bad: There’s nothing he does extremely well. He’s a poor shooter from the perimeter, and he’s not an elite defender. His physical strength makes him a star in the D-League, but he’s just a guy in the NBA.


The future: Not likely. The Cavs aren’t going to tender him, making him free to sign with any team.


Manny Harris


Final line: 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists.


Contract: Signed to non-guaranteed deal next season.


The good: Recorded his second career double-double late in the season at home against the New York Knicks and has shown flashes of being a pretty good scorer.


The bad: Struggles at times defensively and has had some of his best moments when the game was out of reach. Harris really hurt his development when he burned his foot at the Nike complex during the lockout, which forced the Cavs to waive him at the end of training camp. This really was a lost year for Harris in a lot of ways.


The future: 50/50. Depends on whom the Cavs add in the draft.


Kyrie Irving


Final line: 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists.


Contract: Signed through 2015 ($5.5 million next season).


The good: Easily the most dominant rookie and already a top-eight point guard. If he stays healthy, he’s a future superstar who can get to the rim with ease and already has a terrific perimeter game.


The bad: Missed 15 games due to injuries/illness and needs to work on his perimeter defense. Irving was beaten off the dribble far too often against too many inferior guards this season.


The future: Definitely.


Antawn Jamison


Final line: 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists.


Contract: Free agent.


The good: Played in 65 games and kept the Cavs in a lot of them with his scoring, even though he took a ton of shots to get there. A total professional who was tremendous in the locker room for youngsters like Tristan Thompson and Samardo Samuels.


The bad: Set a career low in shooting percentage for the second consecutive season, struggled again defensively.


The future: No chance. Jamison said his goodbyes to Cleveland over the last couple of games. He has no interest in returning.


D.J. Kennedy


Final line: 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists.


Contract: Signed to non-guaranteed deal next season.


The assessment: Kennedy receives an incomplete after appearing in only the last two games. He’ll go to summer league and probably training camp with the Cavs.


The future: 50/50. Too early to tell.


Anthony Parker


Final line: 7.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists.


Contract: Free agent.


The good: Total pro in the locker room and a great example for Irving. Parker is a great set shooter and was the most consistent 3-point threat all season, but he has a hard time creating his own shot.


The bad: Parker does a little bit of everything, but he doesn’t really excel at any of it. Suffered with back problems again and will be 37 next season.


The future: Not likely. Probably headed toward retirement, although could latch on with a team in a front office/coaching role.


Samardo Samuels


Final line: 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists.


Contract: Signed to non-guaranteed deal next season.


The good: Samuels played himself into tremendous physical shape by the end of the season and averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds. Looked thinner and trimmer at the end of the season than he has at any point in his NBA career. He has an incredibly strong upper body and is still learning how to use it to his advantage.


The bad: Showed up to camp overweight and out of shape following the lockout and nearly played his way off the team. Samuels seemed lost at center and played sparingly until putting it together for the final month.


The future: Most likely to return. The final month saved him.


Donald Sloan


Final line: 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists.


Contract: Signed to non-guaranteed deal next season.


The good: Sloan fit in nicely after the Cavs dealt Ramon Sessions. He set career highs in points (15) and assists (14) and proved he can be an adequate backup to Irving for 12-15 minutes a night.


The bad: Struggled defensively against quality point guards and his shot is erratic. But for what will be asked of him offensively, he won’t have to take many shots.


The future: Most likely to return.


Tristan Thompson


Final line: 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists.


Contract: Signed through 2015 ($4 million next season).


The good: Tremendous rebounder and shot blocker who showed great improvement at the free-throw line. Over the last 27 games, or nearly the last half of the season, Thompson shot 65 percent from the line. Prior to then, he shot 46 percent from the line.


The bad: Thompson must develop a 15-foot jumper if he’s going to become a top-tier player in the NBA. Right now he’s a hustle guy getting by on blocks and dunks. His offensive game must continue to improve.


The future: Definitely will return.


Anderson Varejao


Final line: 10.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists.


Contract: Signed through 2015 ($8.4 million next season).


The good: Varejao produced his best season as a pro and was even receiving All-Star consideration for his hustle and grit. Varejao will never be a polished offensive player, but his defensive tenacity and willingness to throw his body around makes up for it. Scott called him the team’s best player the other day for all that he does.


The bad: His last two seasons have ended prematurely with serious injuries, and he turns 30 in the fall. Given his style of play, it’s fair to wonder if his body is beginning to break down.


The future: Most likely. Even with the injuries, Varejao remains a great trade asset, but the Cavs have shown no interest in moving him.


Luke Walton


Final line: 2.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists.


Contract: Signed through next season ($6.1 million).


The good: Walton is a mature player who grew up around the game and is incredibly knowledgeable about basketball. But that doesn’t always equate to production.


The bad: Walton’s minutes increased dramatically after he was traded from the Lakers, but his production didn’t. Chronic back problems throughout his career seem controlled now, but could flare up at any time. He’ll start next season in Cleveland, but unlikely to end it here.


The future: Most likely to return.


Jason Lloyd can be reached at jlloyd@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at https://ohio.com/cavs. Follow him on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/JasonLloydABJ. Follow ABJ sports on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.