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It will be difficult, and some veterans still have a place in Cleveland. But it’s time for general manager Koby Altman to work his trade-deadline magic a few months early. It’s time to clean house.
I talked with one team source before the season who said Altman “has no plans to gut the team.”
Dear Mr. General Manager, please gut the team.
Why are the Cavs bothering with George Hill? I can’t help but think that every time I see Hill sort of give effort, sometimes, while playing in front of Collin Sexton.
And what in the world is the plan with J.R. Smith? Bench him, waive him, do something. Just don’t play him. He is not your future. He’s part of a really great past. But that past is over. So should be Smith’s playing time in Cleveland.
What are the Cavs trying to accomplish this season?
I wish I knew. At this point, they have but one choice — play the young guys, take your lumps, and start the rebuilding process.
I’m OK with keeping Tristan Thompson. I know. I never thought I’d type that, either. But Thompson at least plays hard and has acted as a mature voice of reason in the locker room this season. He actually appreciates the Cavs and Cleveland. Besides, his contract would make him difficult to trade. So keep him here and keep him as a face of the franchise. He is earning it.
Other than that, stop wasting your time. Trade, bench or waive Smith. Trade Kyle Korver. And yes, trade Kevin Love the very minute you can. Send him to the Los Angeles Lakers. They have young players. Or the Boston Celtics. They have young players and picks.
There’s no need for Love in Cleveland anymore. Really nice guy. Really good player. Can’t stay remotely healthy. And by the time the Cavs are good again he’ll be, like, 33- or 34-years old.
Initially, the Cavs wanted to stay competitive after losing LeBron James. I totally get that. It may not be the best basketball plan but it is far and away the best business plan.
Teams that stink lose more than games. They lose money and lots of it. Professional sports organizations can’t cater to what we bloggers think is the best plan for building a franchise. They have to look at things from a business sense. And five years of losing, and losing gobs of money, is bad for business.
But right now, the Cavs have no choice. They’re 1-9 and headed nowhere fast. Could they turn things around? Absolutely. This is the NBA. The regular season doesn’t end until mid-April. There is tons of basketball left. But the Cavs look overmatched in nearly every game. They just don’t have the talent.
So maybe forget about winning. From the looks of things, there will be no winning here — just degrees of losing.
And now veterans are reportedly upset with Sexton? Well, who cares? If you’re the Cavs, you drafted Sexton. You need to see if he’s going to be any good or if you made a mistake.
Right now, I can’t tell and I bet they can’t either. But last thing you need is a bunch of older players who aren’t getting the job done whining about the kid.
Anyway, all that aside, the Cavs need to play the young guys, bench the vets and start looking for deals. Period.
They wanted to compete … but can’t. That dream is over. You fired the coach, aren’t coming close in most games, and there may be some friction in the locker room.
So move on from those offseason plans and the veterans you’d hoped would lead the way. And you may as well do it as fast as you can.