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Cleveland Cavaliers 2017 NBA Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook

Cleveland Cavaliers 2017 Preview

July 2017

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have made the NBA Finals three straight years and enter another season as the favorites to win the East. While currently going through drama with Kyrie Irving and his trade reports, the Cavs are still in a good position as long as LeBron James is on the roster and they’re in a watered down Eastern Conference. Of course, things can change depending on the Kyrie situation.

Here is your Cleveland Cavaliers 2017 NBA preview. 

Cleveland Cavaliers 2017 NBA Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Key Player Losses: Unless you consider James Jones, who retired and took a front office job with the Phoenix Suns, a big loss considering he’s made seven straight final appearances with LeBron, the Cavs didn’t lose anybody significant. All of the key players from last years squad are back for another run at a title. Well, at least for now given the Kyrie situation.  

Key Player Additions: The Cavaliers added a trio of veterans on the cheap in Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jose Calderon. Rose is coming off a season in which he averaged 18 points and shot 47 percent from the field while showing flashes of being Rose of old. The problem is he still struggles from the outside and is always one stretch away from being injured again. Green is capable of providing double-digit points off the bench while being a decent rebounder and a good defender. Calderon can hold down the fort at point guard for about 15-20 minutes, as he takes care of the ball and is a 40 percent shooter from deep. Not flashy moves, but does add depth to the Cavs roster and was the best they could do with zero cap space. 

Draft: None. 

Outlook: Everything changes if Kyrie is moved and what the return is, but right now the Cavaliers are the favorites to win the East and make the finals for a fourth straight season. The East has very few challenges and LeBron is still good enough to do most of the heavy lifting to get to the big dance. The problem is putting together a roster good enough to challenge any team that comes out of the West, particularly the Golden State Warriors. However, any team would love to have those problems, as you can’t win a title without at least getting to the finals. So, as of July 26, the Cavs are still in the drivers seat in the East.   

Playoffs? Yes.

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