Cleveland Cavaliers: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 11, 2016
NBA Championship: 13/4 Over/under win total: 57.5 See the Latest Odds
King James finally brought a title home as the Cleveland Cavaliers finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 57-25 en route to a 7 game series victory over the record-setting Golden State Warriors to capture the team’s first championship in franchise history, and the first major sports title for the city of Cleveland since 1962.
Here is your 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers preview.
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Key Additions: In terms of free agency, the Cavs didn’t make many moves, signing Chris Andersen to a one-year, veteran minimum of $980,431. The most notable moves Cleveland made were re-upping their key piece, LeBron James to a 3-year, $100 million deal and bolstering their bench by re-signing Richard Jefferson to a 2-year deal and James Jones re-signing a one-year veteran minimum deal of his own.
Key Losses: Not a whole lot changed for the Cavs in terms of subtractions from last year’s team either, however center Timofey Mozgov headed to the bright lights of L.A., signing with the Lakers for four years at $64 million, a contract that Mozgov did earn for himself after all after proving to be a solid force in the paint. Cleveland also dealt scrappy point guard Matthew Dellavedova to the Bucks in exchange for the rights to Spanish Center Albert Miralles.
Outlook: With not much turnover from last year’s squad, things can only go up and get stronger from here for head coach Tyronn Lue, who will have his first full year in charge of the Cavaliers. Teams in the central such as the Bulls have taken steps to contend for the division, however with the firepower that the Cavs possess, it’s going to be extremely difficult for any team to stand in the way of LeBron, Kyrie and the Cavs repeating as champions.
Projected record: 61-21