Cleveland Cavaliers: Offseason Summary 2020

by December 14, 2020
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The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in a familiar place, struggling to remain relevant in a post-LeBron era. However, unlike the first time around, the Cavs appear to have a better chance of rebuilding without the kid from Akron.

With aspirations to make the 2020 NBA Playoffs, the Cavaliers will need a strong rookie season from their lottery pick and growth from their cadre of young guards.

Cavaliers Roster Additions

PlayerTransaction
Isaac OkoroDraft (5th)
Thon MakerFree Agency (DET)

Biggest Acquisitions

  • Isaac Okoro: Isaac Okoro was drafted because of his defensive potential, positional versatility and his win-at-all-costs mentality. As the Cavaliers continue to build a winning culture, Okoro fits right in as a Marcus Smart-type hustler player with Jaylen Brown-like offensive potential.
  • Thon Maker: Thon Maker is, surprisingly, still just 23-years-old. If he can put his skillset together, he can be a productive and dynamic big man. At the very least, he can provide valuable depth at multiple frontcourt positions.

Cavaliers Roster Losses

PlayerTransaction
Tristan ThompsonFree Agency (BOS)
Ante ZizicFree Agency (INTL)

Biggest Losses

  • Tristan Thompson: It seems like ages ago when the Cavaliers drafted Tristan Thompson out of the University of Texas and his career in Cleveland has been a winding one. Now a savvy veteran, Thompson’s leadership, toughness, hustle and presence inside will have to be replaced.
  • Ante Zizic: Ante Zizic’s game is better suited for the international game, so his decision to sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv was a smart one. However, with the Cavs, Zizic was a solid low-post scorer and a consummate professional.

All NBA Team Offseason Summaries

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
OklahomaLA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio
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