Offbeat LeBron James has left Cleveland, but it's not 2010 all over again for Cavs

20:15  12 july  2018
20:15  12 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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LeBron James has left Cleveland , but it ' s not 2010 all over again for Cavs LAS VEGAS — It was the opening moments of the second game on the Cavaliers ’

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  LeBron James has left Cleveland, but it's not 2010 all over again for Cavs © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited LAS VEGAS — It was the opening moments of the second game on the Cavaliers’ summer league slate at the Thomas and Mack Center, and center Ante Zizic took a pass on the low right block. He backed in on Bulls rookie Wendell Carter, the No. 7 pick in this year’s draft, and faked toward the baseline, leaving Carter standing under the basket as Zizic turned to back toward the middle. He fumbled as he went up, but recovered the ball and finished at the rim.

It was a reminder that, as one general manager said last year, Zizic likely would have been a 2017 lottery pick had he not remained in the 2016 draft. The Celtics took him with the No. 23 pick that year and allowed him to stay in Europe before sending him to Cleveland last summer as part of the Kyrie Irving trade. He spent most of last year toiling in practice with the Cavs, but when he played 10-plus minutes (only seven games), he averaged 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot 71.4 percent from the floor.

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Now, we’re not dropping Zizic into next year’ s All-Star game, but he is part of a bigger story in Cleveland that has been overlooked in the wake of the second departure of star forward LeBron James . And that story is that these Cavs left themselves in a much better

Now, we’re not dropping Zizic into next year’ s All-Star game, but he is part of a bigger story in Cleveland that has been overlooked in the wake of the second departure of star forward LeBron James . And that story is that these Cavs left themselves in a much better

Oh, and Zizic is just 21. His game is antiquated — he’s a pure back-to-the-basket big man at this point — but his skill on the block is a good starting point. He finished the game against Chicago with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

“One of my goals was to improve being patient in the post, because before I was all the time rushing,” Zizic said. “So, now I pick up my pace, and it seems good.”

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Now, we’re not dropping Zizic into next year’s All-Star Game, but he is part of a bigger story in Cleveland that has been overlooked in the wake of the second departure of star forward LeBron James. And that story is that these Cavs left themselves in a much better post-James situation than they were in when he went to Miami in 2010, and likely won’t need much time to rebuild themselves and jump back into the playoffs.

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When LeBron James left Cleveland in 2010 , he enraged Cavaliers fans who wanted him to stay in Ohio for his entire career. In that essay, James explains, “If I had to do it all over again , I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left .”

Now, we’re not dropping Zizic into next year’ s All-Star game, but he is part of a bigger story in Cleveland that has been overlooked in the wake of the second departure of star forward LeBron James . And that story is that these Cavs left themselves in a much better

Start with the young guys. Zizic has looked polished in two summer league games. Rookie Collin Sexton, just 19 and the No. 8 pick in this draft, looks like a tough perimeter scorer, having totaled 50 points in three summer games. Forward Cedi Osman, who had some bright moments in his rookie season last year, shooting 36.8 percent from the 3-point line, is only 23 and scored 40 points in two summer games.

The Cavs will bring back Larry Nance Jr., who is 25 and played well as an energy-packed big man off the bench. They have the option of matching any deal for restricted free agent Rodney Hood, who averaged 16.8 points in 39 games in Utah before struggling once he was traded to Cleveland. Should he stick with the Cavs — they’ll likely match a low offer if Hood gets one from the likes of Sacramento, Chicago or New Orleans — he’ll have a chance to rebuild his value and won’t have the pressure of playing with James.

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After LeBron James ' departure, these Cavs likely won’t need much time to rebuild themselves and jump back into the playoffs.

After LeBron James ' departure, these Cavs likely won’t need much time to rebuild themselves and jump back into the playoffs.

Hood will turn just 26 when the season starts. The Cavs have a bench scorer in Jordan Clarkson who is also 26. Clarkson, too, struggled with the Cavs, but there is some talent here, and some room for it to grow.

There are also some attractive trade chips, though don’t expect the Cavs to be heavy on the trade market just yet. Two of the Cavs' highest-paid players, George Hill and J.R. Smith, have two years left on their contracts, but both have quirks in their deals that are valuable in cost-cutting. Hill will make $19 million for this season, but only $1 million is guaranteed for 2019-20. Smith has two years and $30 million left on his contract, but only $3.9 million is guaranteed next season.

Hill has value as a veteran who defends and can knock down 3s. Smith has little value, but he can provide salary relief to a team next season.

Similarly, guard Kyle Korver’s contract is not fully guaranteed ($11 million of $15 million over two years is guaranteed), but because he comes at a reasonable price and still is an effective shooter, Cleveland is not eager to move him.

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After LeBron James ' departure, these Cavs likely won’t need much time to rebuild themselves and jump back into the playoffs.

After LeBron James ' departure, these Cavs likely won’t need much time to rebuild themselves and jump back into the playoffs.

Of course, the biggest chip on the Cavs' roster is forward Kevin Love, a five-time All-Star who had three seasons of 20-plus points and 12-plus rebounds in Minnesota before coming to Cleveland and adjusting to playing with James. There has not been much trade chatter around Love this summer — at least not yet.

That goes back to the way the Cavs are approaching their post-James team this time around. Back in 2010, when they were stuck with the likes of Antawn Jamison and Baron Davis, with virtually no young talent on hand, the Cavs won just 19 games after James left.

This time around, crazy as it might sound, the Cavs have designs on earning a playoff spot, which is not out of the question in the East. They’d need quick development from Osman, Sexton and Zizic, as well as a return of the 25-point, 14-rebound, in-his-prime Kevin Love. They’d need Hood, if he stays put, to return to his Utah form. They’d need Tristan Thompson to shake off the lethargy that dragged him down early in the season.

That’s a lot the Cavs need to go right, but 43 wins was all it took to get to the postseason last year in the conference, and the race for the No. 8 seed will be wide-open, with Detroit, Charlotte and Cleveland as the likely candidates for the spot.

Love is at the spearhead of the backup plan. While he is not being shopped now, according to sources, that will change in January if the Cavs’ push to the postseason looks hopeless. Love has the chance to opt out of his contract next summer, which will ding his value, but if he returns to his old form, it’s possible the Cavs can wring a player and/or a first-round pick for him.

Hill, Thompson, Smith, Korver, Clarkson — name the veteran player, and he’ll be on the block in six months if the Cavs don’t come together as a team with a playoff chance.

The Cavaliers have not had a fire sale in the wake of losing James because the team is not giving up hope on this season, nor should they. With some luck and some improvement from the team’s young pieces, the playoffs are within reach. That’s a far cry from the situation in 2010.

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