Community Shootaround: Cleveland Cavaliers

After watching the Warriors make history all season long, the Cavaliers made some of their own Sunday night. Cleveland became the first team ever to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals and the first to win Game 7 of the finals on the road since 1978.

LeBron James‘ return home in the summer of 2014 created the foundation for this year’s title, but so did the three No. 1 draft picks in four years that brought Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins, who was traded to Minnesota to acquire Kevin Love.

Tonight’s victory served as vindication for Love, who has been the subject of criticism and trade rumors almost from the time he arrived in Cleveland. It also validated the controversial decision to fire David Blatt in January with a 30-11 record and turn the team over to first-time head coach Tyronn Lue. The win rewarded owner Dan Gilbert for his willingness to take on salary right up to the trade deadline, even though the Cavs were facing the highest luxury tax in the league.

Cleveland will almost certainly keep the core of this year’s team together to try to defend its title. James will be a free agent, but it’s unthinkable that he would leave town again after winning a ring. The Love trade talk should die down, at least for the offseason. J.R. Smith has a $5MM player option and Mo Williams has already said he will opt in for next season for $2MM. Richard Jefferson, who turns 36 on Tuesday, announced that he plans to retire. Also headed toward free agency are Timofey Mozgov, Matthew Dellavedova and James Jones.

The Cavaliers have traded both their picks in this year’s draft and have no cap room to chase free agents other than the $3.477MM taxpayer mid-level exception. They have a trade exception from the Anderson Varejao deal worth $9,638,554 that will be in effect until February 18th. They also have a $2,854,940 exception from the trade of Mike Miller and a $2,329,471 exception from a deal involving Brendan Haywood. Both of those expire July 30th.

That brings us to tonight’s question: Should the Cavaliers be favored to win the title again next season? Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. We look forward to what you have to say.

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DarkGhost
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DarkGhost
3 months 10 days ago

Amazing comeback Lebron was incredible from game 5 on. Also not enough can be said about the performance that kyrie had next to Lebron. Congrats King

cjh815
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cjh815
3 months 10 days ago
Once again con graduation Cleveland .You have world championship. Now I don’t have to hear that crap about over 50 years crap, any more. Now Cleveland you know now your the hunted not hunter. It’s easier to go for title . It’s much more harder to keep the title . The good thing about tonight is maybe this help wizards sign kevin Durant . They can show him that see Lebron did it you can to. You can come home lead your home town team to champion . And wizards fan what do you think of team look like this… Read more »
cjh815
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cjh815
3 months 10 days ago

Power west and centers Roberts and Perkins

cjh815
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cjh815
3 months 10 days ago

I meant Kelly Oubre

cjh815
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cjh815
3 months 10 days ago

And before all slam me telling me it can’t happen . Yes it could I have trade would this all happen

jason m.
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jason m.
3 months 9 days ago

I have no idea what you said, I really can’t understand what you say

JT19
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JT19
3 months 9 days ago
See the problem with you is that you read everyone’s criticism of the trade, but never anyone’s advice. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD FORMAT YOUR POSTS SO THEY ARE EASIER TO READ ITS REALLY NOT THAT HARD AND THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHY YOU CAN’T. On a lighter note, just because a trade works in a video game or the salaries march, doesn’t mean it will happen. You have to realize that you’re favorite team(s) can’t acquire top talent/good prospects for what essentially amounts to scraps. Your trade ideas are outside the box and you definetly have a creative… Read more »
cjh815
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cjh815
3 months 10 days ago
Here is 4 team trade between Kings get Orlando Magic get C Gortat -$12 million. Pf Drew Gooden – $3,600,000 C Okafor- 4,788,840. Sg Ben McLemore Sf Hollis Thompson ( rf) 1,015,696. 24 pick, and 26 picks from Philadelphia Wizards. Before- $ 44,908,271 2017, 18, and 20 first round picks. Losing – 7,670,460 1019 , 21,and 22 second round picks. Taken on 7,608,882 Salary cap before trade. After trade $ 44,846,693 $65,768,345. Cap space- 44,153,307 Take.on $16,788,840. They could still add two max plays and Losing 34,106,349. If they decline Gooden contact they will Cap after trade 48,450,836. Have 3,6… Read more »
mikey
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mikey
3 months 10 days ago

You put a lot of work into that. Too bad it won’t ever happen. Ever.

jason m.
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jason m.
3 months 9 days ago

I don’t understand who the wizards get and who philly gets

JT19
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JT19
3 months 9 days ago

The Wizards are basically giving up nothing in this trade while acquiring the best player. This isn’t a video game, you can’t just have your favorite team acquire a good player for scraps. The only way the Wizards acquire a top tier talent like Cousins is if they give up at least Beal and either Oubre/Porter (and possibly both).

JT19
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JT19
3 months 9 days ago

Also…where/how does Orlando get into this trade? They give up Vucevic and Oladipo and get nothing back?

Chris815
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Chris815
3 months 9 days ago
First off the reason this trade makes since is two folds . One Cousins has made it clear more then once if he ever gets traded he wants to play with John wall. And this trade is a lot like the Chris webber trade look at your history. And in this trade they given up there starting front court . And why the magic one they get back up Sg and if they like they can get of gooden contract because it team opt. They get 2 first round draft pick and I also for got to put in they… Read more »
ohiodevil
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ohiodevil
3 months 9 days ago

Too much NBA 2k16

jason m.
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jason m.
3 months 9 days ago

I really think Love’s performance does nothing to make the Love trade talks go away…

Warriors
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Warriors
3 months 9 days ago
Congrats Cavs, I’m a huge Warriors fan and just like to shout out well played. This was a great series it could of gone either way for sure. It was great for us to win last year to stop our drought and it’s nice to see you have your time this year. I would love to see 3 peat finals to see the best of 3 now. Warriors you have no reason to hang your heads. We all are proud of you keep the team spirit rocking, no team has what we have hands down. Each team member is a… Read more »
Chris815
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Chris815
3 months 9 days ago

Ow bye way I brought this trade up today to someone who work for nba franchise . He told me my trade makes some since . And it sound trade.

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