What the Cleveland Cavaliers roster will look like during the 2017-18 NBA season seems to be very much up in the air at this point. While the offseason surrounding the Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James specifically have been filled with speculation, it’s going to be interesting to see how the roster shapes up heading into the new season.
Obviously, a loss to the loaded Golden State Warriors has likely led to plenty of frustration this offseason, and it even went as far as James taking a shot at owner Dan Gilbert.
This was due to the fact that Gilbert decided to part ways with general manager David Griffin, who was someone James had pushed to get retained by the team, according to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
There’s certainly much more to the drama than just this, and probably quite a bit that the media doesn’t even know currently. But, what has seemed to be an offseason battle between James and the front office also resulted in rumors that the star forward could potentially leave the Cavaliers in free agency in 2018 while opting to head to play in Los Angeles.
All of that is up in the air, but for now, the Cavaliers are focused on trying to win their third-straight Eastern Conference Title, while also holding off the Boston Celtics and newly-acquired Gordon Hayward. So, let’s take a look at what the Cavaliers roster currently looks like.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavaliers and Jeff Green agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal.
C: Tristan Thompson, Edy Tavares
PF: Kevin Love, Channing Frye
SF: LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Jeff Green
SG: J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Korver
PG: Kyrie Irving, Kay Felder, Jose Calderon
Free Agents: Deron Williams, Derrick Williams, JamesJones, Dahntay Jones
Overall, the roster doesn’t need much upgrading, but it’s also the same group that lost to the Golden State Warriors 4-1 in the NBA Finals. It seems that there’s a real chance Cleveland could look to remain active over the coming weeks, with one of their biggest targets potentially being New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN’s Wojnarowski.
While Anthony has a no-trade clause, Woj reports that he’d be willing to waiving it for a potential deal that wound send him to either the Cavaliers or the Houston Rockets. It’s unknown what exactly a potential deal for Anthony would include should Cleveland accept it, especially since NBA.com reported that the Cavs rejected a proposed Anthony-for-Kevin Love offer during last season.
Things can change quickly in the NBA, and if James and the front office aren’t happy with the current roster and don’t believe that they currently have the best possible chance to take back their crown as NBA champions, don’t be surprised to see a move happen. Now, whether or not that move winds up involving Anthony coming to town is the real question that needs to be answered.