After a flurry of movement and rumors, the Cleveland Cavaliers are finally slowing down this offseason.
General manager David Griffin has essentially concluded his business. All he has to worry about now is signing one or two veteran bench players and wrapping up a trade that was announced weeks ago but can't be completed because of league rules.
This time next week, Kevin Love could be a Cavalier and Andrew Wiggins a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Big things are on the horizon, but it remains rather quiet for the moment.
For now, you'll have to settle for the scraps, so to speak.
The Cavs may be inching ever closer to acquiring Ray Allen. Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears reported on Sunday that Cleveland feels good about getting a deal done before training camp begins:
The Cavs are also optimistic about their chances of signing free agent guard Ray Allen prior to the start of training camp, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 17, 2014
If the Cavaliers do end up signing the 39-year-old, then it would be the culmination of a near-perfect offseason. Between Love, LeBron James, Mike Miller, James Jones and the addition of Shawn Marion, Cleveland has brought in the kind of veteran talent who can transform a perennial lottery team into a title contender.
Allen is undoubtedly a player the Cavaliers should pursue. The only worry is whether he might be tasked with too much. Fear the Sword's David Zavac brought up a good point about Miller's health and Joe Harris' inexperience possibly pushing the former Miami Heat guard onto the court too much:
Ray Allen would be a luxury if I could count on Mike Miller to stay healthy, or I knew that Joe Harris was an NBA player. Alas ..— David Zavac (@DavidZavac) August 18, 2014
If Allen goes from luxury player to somebody who's a necessity in the rotation, that could be an unsustainable strategy. Yes he averaged 26.5 minutes a game last year, but that in part led to the Heat's problems in the playoffs last year. Miami looked old and slow against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
In the event he signs with Cleveland, Allen's minutes should be somewhat limited in order to retain both his effectiveness and the general efficiency of the lineup on the floor.
You have to kind of feel for Anthony Bennett. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported what feels like years ago that Bennett would be a part of the Love trade. Almost everybody is solely focused on what Wiggins will do for Minnesota, ignoring the 2013 first overall pick altogether.
There's no getting around the garbage fire that was Bennett's rookie season, but his summer league performance at least leads you to believe that his career isn't completely hopeless. He's still only 21 years old and entering the 2014-15 season in much better shape than he began 2013-14.
Bennett talked about being in a state of flux regarding his career and how he's talking with his Canadian compatriot Wiggins.
"We’ve been going back and forth a lot," said Bennett, per Gregory Strong of The Canadian Press (via the Toronto Star). "I know he’s busy so I don’t really try to hit him up too much. But he said he’s working too. So there’s not much we can do, you know."
At least Bennett and Wiggins will officially know where they stand very soon. They can be traded by Saturday if the Cavs and Timberwolves work everything out. NBA writer Steve McPherson thinks that the deal won't happen until Monday, though. Nobody likes working weekends:
Hey Wolves fans: Let’s remember that there’s little chance of news about Love/Wiggins dropping on a Saturday. Monday seems more likely.— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) August 19, 2014
Either way, it's all pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point. All that's left is filing the correct paperwork with the league.
Most are rightly praising Minnesota for trading Love and at least getting a player capable of becoming a superstar. Getting fair value in a trade like this is almost impossible, so the T-Wolves are receiving the best trade package they could hope to get.
Don't be surprised if Bennett grows into a solid starter for Minnesota next season, too. One bad season doesn't radically make Bennett a worse player than he was coming out of UNLV. While the Cavs did reach by taking him No. 1, it's not like he didn't have loads of potential heading into the draft.
Maybe in Minnesota, where the franchise is clearly rebuilding, Bennett can have the freedom necessary to fully blossom.