Many NBA experts believed that when LeBron James left Cleveland the team would have a difficult time rebuilding, but slowly the front office has added the right mix of youth and veterans, making this team into one that could contend for a playoff spot in the near future.
This off-season will be a key for the Cavaliers as they are close to making a splash in the league. Cleveland has two picks in the first round next month and with a little luck, they could add the players needed to make a run at the Eastern Conference Playoffs next season.
The latest mock draft from Bleacher Report has the team taking Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from Kentucky. The youngster is terrific on defense and can play guard or small forward, but his outside shot is a big question mark. Kidd-Gilchrist is a tire-less worker and a player that never quits and that is what GM and scouts love about the youngster. His skills won't have him making a huge impact in his first year, but he will develop with his work ethic and Cleveland could use a self-less player that will make others around him better on the court.
The Cavs also own the 24th overall selection and with a deep draft class this year the team could find some help for their front-court. Dion Walters from Syracuse is one option, but Royce White is likely their player of choice. White is big at 6'7" and 270 pounds and uses his large frame well when rebounding. His offensive game needs some work, but with some good coaching a more experience, he could become a big part of the Cavaliers rebuilding job.
This NBA off-season will be a key summer for the Cavs as they look to add youth and possibly a veteran free agent that can help these youngsters develop. Cleveland is an up and coming team and with a good nucleus of young players, they could become the next Oklahoma City in three or four years.