- Feb 24, 2008
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Whether it’s exploring the trade market or using the mid-level exception, the only two paths to help-now additions, Altman’s primary objective is clear.
In more specific terms, given the lack of playmakers, the Cavs would be wise to search for someone to take shot-creation pressure off Garland and Sexton. Indiana Pacers feisty backup floor general TJ McConnell and Los Angeles Lakers rugged defender Alex Caruso are on Cleveland’s free agency target list, sources maintain.
But the Cavs simply need a few more capable rotation players. The roster needs a better balance of youth and experience. Pacers swingman Doug McDermott will get consideration. Spencer Dinwiddie is likely out of Cleveland’s price range. Lauri Markkanen is an intriguing restricted free agent who may need a change of scenery but would create a funky logjam at power forward. Would Dallas choose cap space over Tim Hardaway Jr., letting him walk? New Orleans’ cap room situation -- and desire to make a splash in hopes of helping Zion Williamson -- could lead to potential restricted free agent Josh Hart failing to get a qualifying offer.
Without them, the kids were left to fend for themselves -- and the results were predictable. Individually, they all showed growth. As a team, the Cavs won 22 games, finishing with the league’s fourth-worst record, in a tie with the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder.