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Big Offseason For the Wine and Gold

After a very bittersweet season came to an abrupt end, The Cleveland Cavaliers go into the off season with a lot of questions and concerns. The biggest being to find ways to keep their franchise player Lebron James happy and here in Cleveland when his contract is up in a year. Up until about 3 weeks ago the Cavs were on cloud nine coasting to the eastern conference finals, then in an instance everything changed. Now faced with a long summer and a lot of decisions to be made I’m going to forecast a few keys to possibly the Cavaliers biggest off season ever.

The first order of business for Cleveland will be dealing with their own free agents and contract players. Wally Szczerbiak will be a free agent and Anderson Varejao has a players option which could make him a free agent as well. It is unclear exactly what will happen with these 2 players who both had big roles for Cleveland but there is a lot of speculation that Wally could walk while Andy is involved in a sign and trade. Varejao could be a pretty big trade asset as the Cavs look to add more depth and offensive punch to their low post. As we know Varejao is a lot of things but an offensive threat is definitely not one.

The Cavaliers also have two draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. They will have the #30 and #46 pick when the draft comes around next week. I expect the Cavs (if they keep their draft picks) to look to add some size with a power forward, or look for a bigger shooting guard to add some height to a front court that was almost always undersized last season. Some possibilities at the 30th selection could be UNC power forward Tyler Hansbrough, USC’s Taj Gibson, Gonzaga’s Josh Heytfelt, UNC’s Danny Green, and Kentucky’s Jodi Meeks. Look for the Cavs to look to add veracsatility and size by either drafting or using the picks to trade for it.

The last part of the off season and the way the Cavs will probably do their biggest upgrading will be through trades. There are already dozens of rumors and scenarios involving the Cavs and pretty much every hot name available. Some players that might end up in a Cavs uniform through trade could be Shaq O’ Neal, Antwan Jamison, Vince Carter, Gerald Wallace, or Micheal Redd. Some free agents the Cavs seem to be keeping an eye on are Rasheed Wallace, Antonio Mcdyess, Charlie Villanueva, and Marcin Gortat.

No one knows exactly what this off season will bring but there definitely will be some changes in town. Whether its through the draft, free agency, or trades don’t be surprised if you see a very different Cavaliers team take the court next year. I guess you can say the ‘future’ of the franchise is depending on it. For now all we can do is play the waiting game.


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