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Anderson Varejao (Team Option)
Cleveland will likely exercise their team option on forward Anderson Vareajo and keep the Wild Thing on Lake Erie for at least one more season. If Hollins is indeed the Cavs’ coach next season, Varejao fits perfectly into a defense-first system as, even despite all the nagging injuries for the last three seasons, Varejao remains one of the most active bodies in the league.
While Jarrett Jack is under contract for next season, I would expect newly appointed general manager David Griffin to explore a trade for the eight-year veteran. Coming off an excellent year in Golden State in 2012-13, Jack was largely inefficient in 2013-14 in Mike Brown’s defensive-minded game plan. The Cavaliers will need another guard to play behind Kyrie Irving, but there are less-expensive options on the market that can get the job done.
The first order of business for the Cavaliers from a player-personnel standpoint this offseason has to be extending an offer sheet to budding superstar Kyrie Irving. Irving scored 20.8 points and contributed 6.1 assists per game during an All-Star season and, most importantly, he and Dion Waiters began progressing as a duo as the season wore down. Will he sign the offer sheet? If so, can he and Waiters coexist with former point guard Hollins at the helm?
Last season’s No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett looks like the biggest bust in recent NBA draft history after one year with the Cavaliers. He reported to training camp out of shape and never recovered, as he continued to look lost for much of the season. Bennett does display some incredible athleticism at times, just as he did when former general manager Chris Grant drafted him last season, and his miserable 2013-14 may turn out to be an anomaly in an otherwise productive NBA career. We will just have to wait and see.
After recently voicing his displeasure with the Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson seems like a likely trade candidate this offseason. According to Sam Spiegelman of XN Sports, the deciding factor behind such a trade scenario is the Cavaliers realizing Thompson will require a contract similar to the one Derrick Favors received last year. General manager David Griffin may be unwilling to pay that kind of money for Thompson's services—especially with the impending free-agency class of 2015.
Can Dion Waiters and Irving coexist? To this point, the duo formed by former general manager Chris Grant has left a lot to be desired. While both players are outstanding contributors individually, neither Mike Brown nor Byron Scott could get their backcourt tandem on the same page.
When Waiters and Irving are clicking, this is one of the most talented backcourt tandems in the league. When they are not? Well, the Cavs are 33-49.
Alonzo Gee (Team Option)
After a season that saw Alonzo Gee's minutes decrease drastically from start to finish, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which the fourth-year player is back in wine and gold next season. The Cavaliers hold a team option on his contract that one would assume will not be picked up, especially given the plethora of more talented options (i.e. Trevor Ariza) on the open market.
In limited minutes during his second season with the Cavaliers, Tyler Zeller proved he can be a valuable piece to the Cavaliers moving forward. While he is unlikely to be starting center material, Zeller provides an excellent spark off the bench. In just 15 minutes per game last season, Zeller scored 5.7 points and pulled down four rebounds per game.
In his last five games, however, Zeller saw an increase in minutes, scoring 13.6 points and grabbing 7.6 rebounds over 22.4 minutes per game.
Sergey Karasev saw very few opportunities last season for Mike Brown.
Last year's No. 19 overall pick, Karasev is unlikely to see many opportunities for the Wine and Gold in 2014-15. He just is not ready to contribute at the NBA level, especially with Waiters and Miles absorbing a bulk of the minutes at shooting guard.
Scotty Hopson (Team Option)
The Cavaliers own a team option on Scotty Hopson heading into next season and, like Gee, it is unlikely they pick it up. Owed better than $2.4 million if he is kept on the roster, Cleveland can do much better on the open market than settling for an unproven shooting guard.