|Holy shit...I forgot that LeBron got Drew Gooden to The Finals|
Anyway, we are actually going to split this post into two days (Day 2: TBA). It is both exciting and terrifying that the Cavs hold the big keys for the entire league this Summer. Not only do they have a ton of cap space but they also have the most coveted #1 draft pick since LeBron. I WANT to believe that there is no way that they can screw this up and you wouldn’t think that even they could. But you’ve seen this team operate ever since The Decision. It hasn’t really been a model of competency. We will talk about who they should pick at #1 on Draft Night later. Today, I want to talk about everything else.
If you ask me, the most important move this offseason is the hiring of our next coach. Mike Brown #2 was a disgrace. Everyone knew that that was stupid. It’s another black eye on an already battered and bruised spouse of a franchise. But the Cavs (now) are on the cusp of something big. If the first move is executed correctly, this downtrodden franchise can put the pieces in motion to not only be a playoff team, but to be a title contender immediately (yeah, I'm saying it). Sure, it requires a perfect scenario, but it isn’t all that far-fetched, bruh. I would assume that the coach comes first. Fuck this noise about Del Negro and Alvin Gentry and Adrian Griffin. Those are nobodies. I want George Karl. I’d be perfectly happy with Calipari or Billy Donovan or Izzo or Fred Hoiberg (although none of those guys seem all that likely). If you see the name “David Fizdale” come to the forefront—oh boy—now shit is getting, dare I say, HEATed. Needless to say, the Cavs CAN NOT hire another turd. Otherwise this beautiful post is as worthless as Sergei Karasev.
The whole Kyrie Irving extension mess got a little less cloudy this past week. How the fuck does he leave NOW? Then again, I asked that same question before The Decision LOLZ! He’s getting a new coach (who I assume he will have at least some input on) and is about to get an ELITE talent to play with for the next four years. Yeah, he’s signing that max extension. He would be a damn fool not to.
Everyone else on the roster can be had though. The Cavs are already apparently fielding sign and trade offers on Luol Deng. I would be lying if I said that I would miss him. Sure, he’s a fine player but he’s too old and broken down to give big money to. There are markets out there for guys like Spencer Hawes, Tristan, and Dion if the return is right. Hell, there is even a market for Anthony Bennett. Speaking of which…
I’m tired of people ripping on the kid. News flush: that entire draft class was horseshit. ALL OF IT. Michael Carter-Williams and Oladipo are both average players. It isn’t like the Cavs passed on some once in a generation talent. They took the guy with the best offensive skill set. It’s not like Bennett’s career is over anyway. He just had surgery to correct a sleep apnea issue (that killed Reggie White by the way) so maybe we will see what he’s all about next year. Or maybe he sucks just like the rest of his peers. What I’m saying here is that I am not giving up on him.
That leads me to the #1 pick. Not so much as who they should draft, but that it is available to be had. And this pick is so goddamn gorgeous. Everyone in the league wants it. I was able to come up with only 8 players (obviously no PGs were included) that I would trade this year’s #1 pick for:
Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Blake Griffin
That’s it. That’s the list. If I’m David Griffin and any other organization calls me and inquires about #1, I’m hanging up because I've got a dollar bill in my pocket and I'm not accepting spare change for it. And only one of those guys is on the open market right now (although it would be ELITE if for some reason the Pelicans put Davis on the table).
Bros, I'm having many no homo dreams about Kevin Love this past week and I want him so badly. He will be dealt before the Draft. The aforementioned Simmons doesn't think that any other team could top our best offer (I agree). Hell, some insiders like Chris Mannix think it's possible to get Love without giving up the #1 (I disagree)! The problem here is obvious. Love would have to agree to an extension before a deal is finalized. Love for #1 and some filler would already be done now if he signed on for four years total (which would put him back on the market at 29 FWIW). This pick is SO valuable that we would need an extension in place before acquiring someone like Love.
I have no idea how realistic this is and neither do you. What we do know is that all of these guys talk to each other and work up shady deals that the public doesn't know about. My dream scenario is for David Griffin to hire George Karl, re-sign Kyrie for 3 additional years (4 total after this option year), trade for Kevin Love by using the #1 and Tristan Thompson, and then (gasp) LeBron comes back ASAP. Give us four years with Kyrie/LeBron/Love and others. If Cleveland can't win a title with that then they never will. THAT IS A DREAM DAMMIT.
It's kind of cool that--for me at least--holding on to the #1 pick is the worst case scenario. And that TOTES is a great place to be and something that Dan Gilbert does not deserve. I'm just glad that Chris Grant isn't calling the shots anymore. We'll talk about who they should pick if they keep #1 at a later date. Either way, it should be a fun Summer in revitalized Cleveland. First, there was Johnny Football and Josh Gordon's drug problems and now Kevin Love and LeBron are going to win 14 straight titles for the Cavaliers!