Have The Cleveland Cavaliers Finally Put Together A Winning Combination To Challenge The Warriors?
The Cleveland Cavaliers made an epic deal with the Boston Celtics earlier this week that saw them trade NBA All Star Kyrie Irving for a deal that included getting the first shot at draft pick for the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018, rising superstar Isaiah Thomas, 20 year old centre Ante Zizic and the underrated Jae Crowder.
The Celtics were happy with the trade off as they believe Irving is a great addition and will help them have a good run in the 2017-2018 season. Irving has been with the Cavaliers for the last three years and has been a key player for them along with LeBron James. He informed the Cavaliers earlier this year that he wanted to leave and there were quite a few teams including the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns who were interested in securing his services.
Cavaliers Making Plans For The Future
Whether the Cavaliers have made a good deal in the Irving trade-off remains to be seen but they believe they have what it takes to challenge current NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors this season. The Warriors and Cavaliers have been the two best teams in the NBA for the last three years and have faced-off in three consecutive NBA Finals. The Warriors won the 2015 and 2017 editions while the Cavaliers took the 2016 Championship.
The Cavaliers have had to battle a number of issues in 2017 including losing their manager David Griffin. There were also reports that their star player LeBron James might move on once he completes his contract next year. The Cavaliers will want to prevent that from happening and at the same time make a backup plan in case James does decide to move on. The three new players that they have secured with the Celtics deal will help them with this plan.
Draft Pick – Brooklyn Nets’ 2018
The Cavaliers have also done well in securing the first pick for the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018. There are four players that the Cavaliers will be keeping a close watch out for. They will be looking at Missouri’s Michael Porter who plays as a forward, Slovenian Luka Doncic who plays in the Spanish League as a guard, forward Marvin Bagley who has a great future ahead of him and the 19 year old DeAndre Ayton who plays for the Arizona Wildcats.