Contributing author and resident Cavs fan Matt “Marlin” Muoio provides his thoughts on the Cleveland Cavaliers as the offseason continues…
July 6th, 2016: Cavs Cash-in On Chicago Trade
The Cavs have finally made a move, and Mike Dunleavy is headed to the Land. Dunleavy was viewed as surplus in Chicago, and his 4.8 million dollar salary needed to be moved in order for the Bulls to make enough cap space to sign Dwayne Wade. The Cavs will use part of Anderson Varejao’s trade exception to complete the deal. Dunleavy figures to fit nicely into the Cavs second unit, replacing Delly’s 3pt shooting.
July 5th, 2016: A Response to KD’s Highly Publicized Move
All Stats per Basketball Reference
The waves of the Warriors newly minted “Extinction Lineup” of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are still rippling across the NBA Universe. While most were sent into a mad craze from KD’s announcement, the man who just killed the Warriors “Death Lineup” is relaxing and riding his famous banana boats. And no, he isn’t losing sleep.
Lebron James, fresh off of averaging 29.7 points 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game in the Finals showed us all who the best player in the world really is. In games 5,6, and 7 the Cavs came out and punched the warriors in the mouth. In those games, the Warriors were without the injured Andrew Bogut. When one thinks about the Warriors, Bogut is not even in the top 5 best players on the team. However, he did things on the team that no one else did. He is arguably the best passing big man in the NBA, and his screens, shot blocking, and shot altering abilities will all be hard to replace. Without Bogut, Lebron exploded for back to back 40 point games followed up by a triple double in Game 7. By signing KD, the Warriors will be forced to trade Bogut and let his backup Festus Ezeli walk in free agency. Bogut led the Warriors with 2.0 blocks per game during the Finals, and Ezeli averaged 1.1 blocks a game in the regular season. To replace Bogut and Ezeli, Jerry West has signed Zaza Pachulia and David West. Zaza averaged 0.3 blocks per game this year for the Mavs, and West averaged 0.7 blocks per game for the Spurs. While there is no doubt that the Warriors will be the greatest show on hardwood, and that Zaza and West will be offensive upgrades, the Warriors are losing valuable defense inside.
On paper, the Warriors might be the best team ever. Good thing that doesn’t mean anything. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are still in Cleveland. JR, Shump, Richard Jefferson, and Channing Frye are all still here. Second round draft pick Kay Felder is the latest addition to the roster, and rumor has it that the Cavs are looking into Norris Cole or Mario Chalmers to replace Delly. Oh, and there’s Lebron. Relax NBA fans, before the “Extinction Lineup” can cement themselves as elite, they’ll need to go through the King.