Although the Cleveland Cavaliers have added LeBron James and Kevin Love to their team this offseason, many believe they need a big man to truly be a title contender.
They have have been tied to the likes of Greg Oden, Emeka Okafor and Ekpe Udoh and may be interested in Oklahoma City Thunder Hasheem Thabeet but Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders doesn’t think they should rush to deal for a big man, especially if it means giving up a player like guard Dion Waiters.
I want to see what this team is first. The trap is thinking you need more than you really need.
Miami won two championships with Chris Bosh manning the five. I’d rather have a dynamic all around player like Waiters, than give him up for a one dimensional guy, especially with Kyrie’s injury history.
You can’t fill every box… All-Star point guard (check), impact two guard (check), best player on the planet (check), best power forward in the game (pending – check), decent bench (check) — Cavs have enough. I wouldn’t give any of that away until I knew I needed it.
Of course, the Cavaliers also have 23-year old big man Tristan Thompson and although many expect him to be traded, he can provide some resistance at the rim. Thompson averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting 47.7% from the field and 69.3% from the free throw line. In his career, he’s put up 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 47.3% from the field and 63.0% from the free throw line. He was originally selected by the Cavaliers with the fourth-overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft.
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