To say it’s been an ugly offseason for the Cavs would be putting it mildly.
Cleveland let general manager David Griffin walk out the door along with vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden only days before the NBA Draft. The Cavs saw the gap between them and the Warriors widen during free agency as Golden State seemingly improved its roster while Cleveland retained Kyle Korver and added only Jose Calderon and Jeff Green in free agency. Chauncey Billups passed on the GM opening after being offered a below-market salary. All of this left LeBron James “frustrated” and “concerned” about where the Cavs are going.
Then the Kyrie Irving trade talks picked up this past weekend after it was reported Irving wants out of Cleveland. Can’t get any worse, right? Wrong.
According to an ESPN report documenting the weeks leading up to Irving’s trade request, the Cavs nearly acquired Paul George in a three-team deal with the Pacers and Nuggets. Here’s how it went down, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst:
So they’re basically in the same situation, standings-wise, but with 16 fewer games to make up the deficit. That’s not ideal.
During that June 30 press conference, DeWitt, John Mozeliak (who was bumped up from GM to president of baseball operations) and new GM Mike Girsch all Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop said the same basic thing: They were going to use the next couple of weeks to Cheap Jerseys Online evaluate how they would approach the deadline, using a healthy amount of caution during the evaluation period.