Lebron’s quiet exit marks the second time he has left the franchise. This time there was no televised “decision” special, just a low key announcement. This time Cleveland is in a better position than last time. A complete rebuild for the Cavs is unnecessary at this time. The current roster, while flawed shouldn’t finish near the bottom. Unlike the last time Lebron left, this time around they have more talent to work with.
The current players on the team are solid pros but lack a real playmaker. Lebron was the engine that made the team go, and without an elite playmaker this team becomes average at best. Kevin Love was an all-star in Minnesota, but is not a shot creator. The hope is that Collin Sexton is that player, however, it’s hard to tell with rookies. Only time will tell.
Looking at the salary situation it appears that in the next few years keeping the core intact may be the best strategy in the short term due to salary commitments over the next few seasons. Resigning Kevin Love is a clear indicator of the direction Cleveland plans to take.
For the most part, with the pressure to win a championship all but gone, it’s time for the Cavs to rebuild around Kevin Love with players that compliment his skill set. My prediction this season for Cleveland is that they barely make the playoffs or just miss the postseason.
While the loss of Lebron hurts, at least this time nobody is burning jerseys, taking ads out, or publicly ripping Lebron. It’s a move that everyone saw coming after watching Lebron carry an average team to the finals. But this average team still has a few years ahead of them before a complete rebuild is required