Cleveland spent a lot of money to appease LeBron and keep its roster together last season, and the Cavs’ massive luxury tax bill paid off in one of the greatest Finals victories in NBA history.
While the Cavaliers will always be favorites to win the East with LeBron, they were (extremely low whisper) slightly lucky to win the Finals against the 73-win Warriors, and Golden State is now much better with the addition of Kevin Durant.
Cleveland couldn’t exactly make a corresponding move in the summer, so will they try during the season? The Finals win obscured how much of a circus Cleveland’s regular season was, when LeBron openly subtweeted Kevin Love, who rode the bench for many fourth quarters.
The Cavs could have some struggles again this year, particularly amid complacency and LeBron’s general disregard for the regular season.
My gut tells me Love is going to find himself in trade rumors again this season, and Cleveland should heavily consider moving him for multiple players who improve the flexibility and depth of the roster.
Love’s late defensive stand against Stephen Curry aside, he wasn’t a huge difference maker during the Finals. Attacking Golden State with depth could ultimately be the Cavs’ best chance at a repeat. (Having LeBron helps as well, of course.)