The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to add a number of lottery picks to their roster that have a serious advantage. It looks like it’s only a matter of time before the Cavaliers finally take a step forward in their goal of becoming an emerging team in the Eastern Conference. The question now is when will that next step take place?
After finishing last season with a 22-50 record, the Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves in a similar position in the early part of the NBA draw. After selecting Isaac Okoro with the fifth overall roster in 2020 last year, the Cavaliers added USC big man Evan Mobley as the third pick in this year’s draft. There’s no question that the Cavaliers add remarkable talent to this roster, but can this team grow together and become an emerging team in the NBA?
Cleveland Cavaliers roster moves so far in the 2021-22 NBA season
The Cleveland Cavaliers went to work this offseason and the first thing to do was to keep one of their own. They agreed to an extension with the big man Jarrett Allen on a five-year, $100 million contract. It was a great asset to the Cavaliers after acquiring Allen as part of the James Harden trade last year. The 23-year-old big man now appears to be the man in the center of the paint for the Cavaliers for the foreseeable future.
The Cavaliers hadn’t finished adding their frontcourt yet. They went on to make an eye-opening move by taking over Lauri Markkanen from the Chicago Bulls in a three-team trade.
Not only have the Cavaliers made a splash with the Markkanen acquisition, but they’ve also agreed to a four-year, $67 million extension with the 24-year-old. Once seen as a talented big man on the rise, Markkanen seems like a potential player who could thrive in a new situation. With Kevin Love still on the roster and with the team investing the third pick in Evan Mobley, Cleveland will have to figure out the rotation with a suddenly “crowded” frontcourt.
Another underrated move by the Cavaliers this offseason was the acquisition of veteran guard Ricky Rubio. Recently known for mentoring young guards, Rubio is said to work wonders for the development of both Darius Garland and Collin Sexton. The Cavaliers haven’t lost many pieces this off-season except for Larry Nance Jr., who was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in the Markkanen deal.