Last offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers made the big splash of acquiring Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. It was a big move that many were quick to question as the Cavs were choosing to go all-in on the trio of Mitchell, Darius Garland, and Evan Mobley.
And during the regular season, the Cavs were better than many expected. Headlining the second tier of the Eastern Conference hierarchy, Cleveland finished as the fourth seed heading into the playoffs. As promising as the Cavs looked in the regular season, it seemed as if their youth and inexperience finally caught up to them in the playoffs.
Cleveland lost in the first round of the playoffs in five games to the New York Knicks and looked completely outclassed. If the Cavs were going to take a step forward this season, it quickly became apparent that they needed to make a few improvements to their depth.
Did the Cleveland Cavaliers do enough this offseason to improve the roster?
The experience will come and losing in the first round of the playoffs is a natural first step for such a young team. One of the bigger questions heading into the start of the season is whether they have made the right additions this summer to take a tangible step forward.
Before they have an opportunity to prove that, we look back at a few of the Cavs’ offseason moves and break down a few of the best and worst.