It’s becoming increasingly less likely that the Cavs play their way into the East’s eighth and final playoff spot. If they fail to sneak into the postseason, they’ll find themselves in the lottery again for the fourth straight year. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal thinks it’s definitely possible that the Cavs ship off their first-rounder this offseason in an attempt to score some valuable assets that would help make an immediate impact. Here’s more on the Cavs:
- Lloyd doesn’t rule out the notion that Kyrie Irving could be traded this summer but says it’s only likely to happen if the All-Star point guard rejects an extension, which would signal he didn’t want to be in Cleveland anyway. Irving’s rookie deal expires after the 2014/15 campaign, and he becomes eligible to sign an extension this summer.
- Mike Brown admits he was disappointed that Andrew Bynum didn’t fit into the Cavs’ plans, reveals Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer. “Any time something doesn’t work out, you’re disappointed… You want every move you make to work out,” Brown said. “Sometimes it doesn’t, and when it doesn’t you have to move on in the next best way you can.’‘
- Fellow Plain Dealer scribe Bill Livingston opines that the Cavs’ best bet is to continue losing and get a high lottery pick to turn their franchise around. This season’s especially deep draft class should provide even more incentive to land a high pick, suggests Livingston.