The Cavaliers will have the opportunity to rebuild their roster this offseason as they currently hold the fourth and #24 picks in the upcoming NBA draft. However, the Cavs aren't content with the fourth pick as they had their eyes on the draft's top spot and are currently exploring a variety of trade opportunities. Bob Finnan of The News-Herald has the latest news and rumors out of Cleveland with the draft looming mere weeks away…
- Finnan warns the Cavaliers would be foolish to put together a package of draft picks and players in an effort to move up to the second or top spot come June. The Cavs have a variety of different roster needs and would seemingly have to give up a player like Anderson Varejao just to have a chance to select an unproven entity. This type of decision making, Finnan says, could prove to be disastrous for the Cavs as they attempt to rebuild the franchise.
- The Cavs may lose forward Alonzo Gee as he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. The Suns continue to have interest in the former Alabama star and are reportedly prepared to offer him a four-year deal for $16MM in hopes that the Cavs do not match the contract. Gee, 25, had a breakout season in which he averaged 10.6 PPG and 5.1 RPG in a career-high 63 games.
- Harrison Barnes would be a strong fit for the Cavs with the fourth pick, opines Finnan, as the team is in desperate need of talented wing players. Kristofer Habbas of NBADraftInsider.com has a very favorable view of the former UNC star and thinks the Cavs would be making a smart move by selecting Barnes. "He could be a 15- to 18-point scorer," Habbas said. "He's a quality shooter. He's a good defender, with an NBA frame. He'd be (the Cavs') starting small forward right away."