The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a busy offseason. The summer after adding a superstar is often the window for a team truly building a rotation that fits well around the core; you can see that in big-time examples like the Heatles and the second-era LeBron Cavs, but also numerous second-tier teams like the current Cavaliers.
They did just that, aggressively targeting role players that could shoot to fill in around the four core players. The likes of Cedi Osman, Lamar Stevens, Raul Neto and Robin Lopez were jettisoned in exchange for Max Strus, Georges Niang, Ty Jerome and Damian Jones.
How did the Cavaliers’ moves shake out?
The book is yet to be written on whether these signings will work out, but the work of analyzing the fit of those players and value of their deals started the moment they were announced. Which move from this summer will turn out to be the best one?
The opposite side of evaluating the Cavs’ moves is to take a look around the rest of the league. 29 other teams were signing players and executing trades. What move made by another team should the Cavaliers have leaped in to make instead?
Let’s look at the good and the missed opportunities from Clevealnd’s offseason.