NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorAugust 14, 2013

Are the Cleveland Cavaliers finally ready to be relevant again?

Sure, third-year star Kyrie Irving has been fun to watch since he landed, but the team's recent additions of No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, former star Andrew Bynum and super-sub Jarrett Jack portend big things. Range-less rookie Sergey Karasev and rangy former Lakers spark plug Earl Clark should contribute this year, too.

With another full offseason of development for youngsters Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, along with time for Anderson Varejao to get healthy again, the Cavs suddenly look deep and legit. It's been a long time since we could say that.

Mike Brown returns to coach up a team that must defend better, but it still has a lot of developing to do across the board. Most importantly, can everyone stay healthy? Irving, Varejao and Bynum are all huge injury risks, yet they're also the three most key players on this roster. As they go, so will the Cavaliers.

Cavs FC Brendan Bowers joins NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

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We look at the best and worst of the Cavs' offseason, along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail Cleveland's keys to a successful year while predicting its final standing.


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