Nov 9, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) is consoled by power forward Tristan Thompson (13) and shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) after missing a shot at the end of regulation against the Philadelphia 76ers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers in 'targeted acquisition mode'


The plan for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season was to get back into the postseason for the first time since LeBron James left for the Miami Heat.

However, turmoil in the locker room, an injury plagued season and the signing of veteran center Andrew Bynum did not work out. The Cavaliers tried to right the ship by acquiring center Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers and trading Bynum to the Chicago Bulls for forward Luol Deng, but it was too little, too late.

The Cavaliers plan to use the offseason to get over the playoff hump.

Interim General Manager David Griffin told Jodie Valade of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers are going from “asset accumulation mode” into “targeted acquisition mode.”

Griffin said he immediately is shifting the Cavaliers from “asset accumulation mode” into “targeted acquisition mode” as the team is expected to have $26 million in salary-cap space this off-season.

Specifically, Griffin said the Cavaliers need to be bigger, have players with a higher basketball IQ, better shooters, and tougher players.

There are still a lot of questions – the Cavaliers have a few free agents of their own, including Deng and Hawes, and have not made Griffin the full time General Manager.

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