Projecting the 2021-2022 Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting lineup

USC big man Onyeka Okongwu (#21) celebrates a near-win. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
USC big man Onyeka Okongwu (#21) celebrates a near-win. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Cade Cunningham, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cade Cunningham, pictured here with Montverde Academy, handles the ball. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Looking ahead to the 2021-22 season, there could very well be a number of key changes to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting lineup. We’ll be forecasting what the Cavs’ starting lineup just might look like in that campaign here.

The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be stuck at a standstill. With no set direction for the team, they may need to make numerous moves before they can look to compete for the playoffs once again.

Taking a look at the roster, there are only a couple of players who look to be safe from a potential trade, and this upcoming offseason will be very telling as to what the Cavs will look to do for the future.

Assessing the lineup, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. First off, what will happen with the current backcourt? The Darius Garland and Collin Sexton backcourt hasn’t been good so far and both of them will need to make massive strides in their defense for it to work.

The starting small forward position is open for Cedi Osman, Kevin Porter Jr., Dylan Windler (when he’s fully healthy), or a potential draftee to take and looking at the center position, Tristan Thompson will be a free agent at the end of the year and could feasibly be playing elsewhere next season.

Plus, though Andre Drummond is reportedly likely to pick up his $28.8 million player option for next season, per’s Chris Fedor, Drummond looks to have great value to the Cavs as a trade chip.

Factoring in all of that, the Cavs’ starting lineup could look a lot different in coming years and here, I’ll give my prediction as far as what I believe the starting lineup will look like for the 2021-2022 season.