Hmm I had not heard that and I spend a lot of time on the Cav's SB Nation site where they have outlined a lot of possible scenarios for trading Haywood. Maybe you are right, but even then, if they could only trade for a player making $5 million per year. That still gives them more options to adjust their roster next season if they have troubles same way that they did around the trade deadline this season.
First, anyone saying that the Cavs need to cut Haywood does not understand his value, he is the single best asset they have in terms of improving the team as the Cavs can make a deal similar to the one that netted them JR and Shumpert for next to nothing. Also, criticizing Blatt's rotations throughout the playoffs is ridiculous, defensive match ups is debatable, but his rotation was too thin to have any viable options. Finally, JR and Shumpert are getting a bad reputation for their Finals performances, keep in mind that this team was going up against the best defense in the NBA without two of their three best players. JR and Shumpert as the 4th or 5th option, focused on taking open shots off of ball movement from the Big 3 are lethal and had been for the entire second half of the season. The Cavs team next year may very well be the best one that I ever witness in my life, so long as they can avoid major injuries.
Any ideas then on who else Josh finds intriguing, just kind of wondering if he grew up a buckeye fan or not
Very true, good point. Especially since that pick is almost guaranteed to be in the late lottery area, a really nice place to find a cheap, young role player. I'm curious to see whether or not they will have the space to keep both Thompson and Waiters once their rookie deals expire. My money would be on extending Thompson since he will likely sign for less than what Dion will demand in free agency. We could then trade Dion for a few nice pieces in order to maintain future cap flexibility and the presence of useful assets.
I agree, there are definitely still holes to be filled. Most of these should be able to be taken care of next offseason. They can use the Haywood contract and the Memphis pick they own to trade for a rim protector, they will have the MLE available next offseason too so the guard depth will hopefully be upgraded, and they have to use their 1st round pick to bring in young player since their 2016 1st rounder has already been traded. The Cavs should truly be a force once the next season rolls around and the roster is filled in more evenly, gosh I'm excited for this.
Really wish that the Cavs didn't trade away their 2016 1st rounder already to clear space for Lebron. Then we would have the ability to package multiple picks with the Haywood contract next year in order to bring in another guy, that's okay though because there are still valuable assets leftover like the Memphis pick and the team is damn good already. Can't wait to watch Irving, Lebron, and Love play together, as a Cleveland fan I almost feel spoiled!
The draft pick from the Cavs is expected to be the 2015 top-10 protected Miami pick that Cleveland still had from the Lebron sign and trade according to Woj from Yahoo Sports. The Heat should still make the playoffs this year with Wade, Bosh, and Deng so I expect the pick will be around 20, definitely not a huge asset to give up.
That is the problem though, the universities obviously have plenty of money if they can stick a waterfall in the locker room. The waterfall isn't going to buy the players food, clothing, or give them the opportunity to do anything at all really. I mean the players have a limited amount of time to enjoy looking at that waterfall and after that it isn't worth anything to them. I doubt that 200 dollars a month per player would kill any D-1 program's budgets. With 85 scholarship players that would be just north of 200,000 dollars per year. This doesn't seem like asking for too much if I was a player, especially when the guys coaching me everyday make exponentially more than that. Sorry, rant over, just a frustration of mine that I have as a college student.
Don't forget about Danny Clark committing as well, even though it's still like 4 years down the road until he can play. Probably going to be the best out of the bunch committed so far. Getting Gibson to commit would obviously be something that Urban doesn't turn down, just kind of wondering if it would affect Dwayne Haskins at all for 2016 since he would already know that he is sandwiched between Gibson, Burrow, and Clark. I really want an early commit at QB next year because that class has the chance to be special #buckeyeprobs!
With that Haywood contract on board for next year with 3 first round picks we WIlL get another at least respectable player added to our roster next offseason. This even further lowers the the pressure to trade for Love. Cavs should just sit tight until the trade deadline approaches or until Minny agrees to a non-Wiggins trade for Love
Legit chance we pull in Malik Jefferson? Just seems typical of Meyer to lose out on a top 50 in state guy and somehow get an even higher ranked guy to replace him, thanks for all the coverage from the last few days!
Not to mention waiters, thompson, and hell even bennett are better role players than the heat have right now.
I would be so ridiculously happy if this actually happens. Also, honestly I think we can eventually pry K-Love away from Minny through a trade to form the "Core 4". A package of our three '15 1st rounders, some other junk picks/players that we might be able to get out of some sign & trades from Miles, Deng, or Hawes, and then maybe 2 out of 3 of Waiters, Bennett, or Thompson. I think Minny would eventually give in to that offer without Wiggins because they are going to lose Love next offseason anyway. Then maybe trade the remaining player out of Waiters/Bennett/Thompson for a 3 and D guy and a defensive post presence that can block shots and play the 5 spot. Just the thought of this is getting me really excited.
At the very minimum he is plus defender who is excellent making plays in transition. If he puts on good weight and really fills out he could become an outstanding finisher in traffic. Really want to see how plays in the clutch next season, does he have that killer instinct to make him great. Love this pick!
Any guess at how many spots we will have for the 2016 class? I figured 2-3 but wasn't sure
Great having this in Findlay, as a current Oiler i can't wait to watch. Hopefully they bring it to our new stadium in 2016.
We have been considered the leaders for Van Jefferson, a 4 star out of Tennessee, for a while. Kirk, Jefferson, and Peete would definitely be a monster haul!
Carter has the size to plug those holes, He could be key to freeing up our bevy of pass rushers.
I know, sorry those guys were definitely different cases as 5 stars. Just kind of disappointing that we have let some great players get away while our linebackers have struggled.
Still we have missed out on some great in-state talent recently like Luke Kuechly, Marcus Rush, Denicos Allen, Chris Borland, and Chi Chi Ariguzo all at linebacker. Not to mention 5 stars Jordan Hicks and Trey DePriest from Ohio.
Chances of flipping CJ Conrad? Do u feel like we will go hard after him now that clark and hentges both seem to be heading elsewhere?
You are not crazy, just did a quick search online and we would be third on that list with 54 by my count. Gil Brandt has always seemed like a bit of a troll to me, wouldn't waste any time worrying about him though.
edit: i may very well have been two off in my quick count... Tied for second go bucks!
edit of my first edit: I was two off because we had two drafted in the first round this year that weren't on the page i read, oops!
Love the type of player and leader Harris is already. Hopefully his presence at OSU can reel in VJ King and Willie Jackson too although I don't know how highly rated he is now. A 2016 class of King, Omari Spellman, Derek Funderburke, and Jackson would be an incredible addition on top of our 2014 and 2015 hauls!
Just curious, do you consider Braxton a loser then? Because his teams really haven't won any major awards while he was here either.