The Cavaliers are one season into a lengthy rebuild to return to relevance. What do they need to accomplish in this first offseason?
After four consecutive 50-win seasons with and NBA Finals appearances, the Cavaliers unsurprisingly dropped off in their first season-post LeBron. They fired coach Ty Lue after six games and finished the year with interim coach Larry Drew. The roster was wracked by injuries and the rotation was a mish-mash of veterans who are on their way out and young players who haven’t taken shape.
Cleveland is beginning a multi-year process but what do they need to take care of this summer to put themselves on the right track.
5. Find a coach with a vision
Other than laughably ridiculous rumors about Rick Pitino being a candidate, not a ton has been leaked about the Cavaliers head coaching search. They’ve been linked to some Blazers’ assistants and also reportedly interested in J.B. Bickerstaff who was just let go by the Grizzlies. There is not a right answer here in this coaching search, but the right candidate needs to be someone who has a vision for the basic tenets of how the team will play and can help develop a young roster into that style, as well as helping the front office find the right players to implement it. Being patient with this new coach will be important but they can’t just focus on a name or a body of experience. This coaching search has to be about the future, not the past.