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Cleveland Cavaliers in need of a rim protector

The Cleveland Cavaliers are not a perfect team at the moment, even if they’re one of the best teams in the NBA thanks to the return of LeBron James.

But lest we forget that LeBron was in Cleveland for well over half a decade in the past and came up empty every single year on an NBA championship. That’s something the Cavs are trying to

Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders believes even after getting Love and Marion, the Cavaliers still need a rim protector.

I think once they get Love, it will depend on who else they can pick up to help the defense. Shawn Marion, reportedly now interested at the minimum, would make a huge difference. The Cavs’ weakness will be defense, and while Marion won’t necessarily help protecting the rim, he can help prevent guys from getting there to begin with. With LeBron, Varejao, and Marion on the floor, the Cavs could conceivably field a very good D at times. With Irving, LeBron, and Love, it seems impossible they won’t have a top-3 offense.

Cleveland isn’t rich just because they signed LeBron — in fact quite the opposite is true. Keep in mind they’re trying to trade for Kevin Love, not sign him, so don’t think a pursuit of Love means the Cavaliers are buyers in a market where they’ve obtained the largest prize already.

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