Biggest Needs for Cleveland Cavaliers During 2014 Offseason

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Biggest Needs for Cleveland Cavaliers During 2014 Offseason
Danny Johnston

The Cleveland Cavaliers have put yet another losing campaign in the record books. They’ve now missed the playoffs for four straight seasons dating back to when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach following the 2009-10 NBA season. The franchise is in a state of turmoil, which makes the 2014 offseason vitally important.

Much like the New York Knicks (with J.R. Smith's shoelace incidents) and Los Angeles Lakers (posting the worst record since moving to L.A. in 1960-61), the Cavaliers made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Andrew Bynum was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team and subsequently traded to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng. The veteran forward reportedly wasn’t fond of his new situation, telling a close friend the organization is “a mess,” according to a February article by Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.

Additionally, sophomore shooting guard Dion Waiters reportedly accused point guard Kyrie Irving and power forward Tristan Thompson of playing “buddy ball,” according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

Those reports should be taken with a grain of salt, but when there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. And there’s plenty of smoke billowing out of Quicken Loans Arena at the moment.

Irving has taken to Twitter to stomp out rumors that he wants to leave Cleveland, a scenario some fans are clearly worried about.

The Cavs have some solid pieces in place, but they’re still not close to competing for a playoff berth even in the hapless Eastern Conference.

Cleveland’s front office has plenty of questions to answer, and former general manager Chris Grant—who was fired in February—won’t be part of that process.

 

All salary information courtesy of Shamsports.com.

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