A post-LeBron James rebuild was always inevitable in Northeast Ohio, and the Cavs have clearly accepted that destiny. Through four in-season transactions they restocked their cabinets with nine incoming draft selections, including a set of future firsts.
But before heading reclamation road down, Cleveland gave 30-year-old Kevin Love a four-year, $120 million expansion. That speed not only appears inflated given deficiencies and his health history, but it could also lead the Cavs to a few wins. He is still capable of rebounding at an All-Star rate.
The strategy was doomed from the beginning, if the idea was to lean on Love’s leadership reverse him for rebuilding tools.
„You’re not getting an asset for him under some conditions,“ a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger earlier this year.
Speaking of assets, the in-house collection underwhelms from every angle. Collin Sexton is interesting, but his 41.1 field-goal percent and 15.6 assist percentage highlight his limitations. Cedi Osman works as a piece, but likely nothing more. The Cavs may be at least away from forming their second base a couple drafts.