The Cleveland Cavaliers spoiled a surprisingly successful early start to the 2021-22 NBA season, as injuries depleted their depth and top-tier talent leading them to drop two straight play-In games and miss the playoffs.
Not having Ricky Rubio, Collin Sexton, or a fully healthy Jarrett Allen left the Cavaliers susceptible to offensive droughts. The Cavs tried to fill their playmaking and shot creation void after Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio went down for the rest of the season by trading for Caris LeVert from the Indiana Pacers.
LeVert’s fit with Cleveland was questionable at best in their short time together so far, and his acquisition didn’t do much to alleviate the offensive burden that was placed on Darius Garland’s shoulders.
Cleveland’s impressive run in the early part of the regular season kept them from landing high lottery odds and ultimately gave them just the 14th pick in the draft to address their needs.
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While they could try to improve their team by acquiring a rookie, they might be better off trading the selection for an established veteran.
After all, this team proved to be competent and intelligent beyond their years, so it’ll be prudent for them to bring in some established talent instead.