It’s time that the Cleveland Cavaliers be honest with themselves.
The year started off promising. They had young, talented pieces that they thought would compete for a solid playoff spot, plus, would give them a shot at landing LeBron James again in the summer. That seems so long ago.
Now, the Cavs are “fighting” and “hoping” that they could just do enough to keep Kyrie Irving. Anthony Bennett is looking like a bust, Andrew Bynum is now a Pacer and they still have a shot at a playoff spot but it’s a water-downed one.
This is clearly not what the Cavaliers signed up for, or even envisioned. It’s honesty.
Reports from the Beacon Journal are even worse. Jason Lloyd writes that players are pointing to Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, along with unhappiness with Mike Brown and his coaching staff.
“He’s acting like he doesn’t care,” said one unnamed player about Irving.
“It’s pretty much a mess,” one source close to the team said.
Brown has seven assistants, which is causing players to become confused when told different things.
“We’re getting too many mixed messages,” one player said. “This isn’t very much fun. We were losing last year with Byron, but at least we were having fun.”
Lloyd goes on to say that two sources indicated, to him, that the Cavs roster would likely face a good amount of turnover if the team doesn’t find a way to turn around their situation quickly. Waiters is a possible trade candidate, while Irving will likely receive a max contract offer after the season.
The question is: how long will Cavs management give them to fix things?
Will the turnover begin at the trade deadline? Or will they give them the rest of this disappointing season?
Plenty of questions in Cleveland and not enough answers.