The Cavs take on the Nets as they head to Newark today in a battle between two non-playoff contenders. Tristan Thompson should be looking forward to the matchup as the rookie out of Texas went off for a career-high 27 points along with 12 rebounds on March 19 against the Nets. Let's check in with Bob Finnan of The News-Herald to get the latest scoop on what's happening with the Cavs.
- Finnan suggests Luke Walton's future with the Cavs remains a bit unclear given the fact that he is being used out of position as a power forward (he's more of a small forward) and that his playing ability has rapidly deteriorated from his heyday with the Lakers. The former Arizona star, 32, hasn't averaged more than 2.4 PPG since the 2008/2009 season where he scored 5.0 PPG.
- Expect the Cavs to explore adding quality free agents given their financial flexibility heading into the offseason, writes Finnan. The team will be over $20MM under the cap this summer allowing for Cavs general manager Chris Grant to explore the free-agent market. Names such as Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon and Pacers center Roy Hibbert have been tossed around, but the team's general philosophy toward rebuilding the roster stems from maximizing their return from the draft.
- Finnan believes the Cavs will focus their attention on adding a scoring wing, center, backup point guard and general depth when the team heads to Secaucus, NJ in June for the draft. Regardless of who the team selects, the ultimate focus will be on building a roster with the most talented athletes available.