The Cleveland Cavaliers can’t seem to do much of anything without LeBron James in uniform.
GM Koby Altman has been tasked with building a post-LeBron franchise and so far, the results have not been great.
The 22 wins this season were the most the team had since the last Finals run in 2018.
But this year did see both Darius Garland and Collin Sexton take the next step in their respective careers.
Adding Jarrett Allen was a solid move and Isaac Okoro looks like a foundational piece, given he can improve on the offensive end.
One thing this team lacks is serious veteran talent.
Kevin Love is supposed to provide that, but we all know his situation by now.
That is why fans will be excited to learn the team is reportedly looking to add veteran talent this offseason.
NBA writer Sam Amico said just that and also cited a story by CNBC’s Jabari Young linking the Cavaliers to CJ McCollum.
Fans in Cleveland have to be excited about that report after the season the team just had.
Cavs Nation, y'all wanna see C.J. McCollum play for The Land next season?
This is lowkey gonna be a fire pickup 💯 pic.twitter.com/BJ9fKhpbWp
— Cavs Nation (@CavsNationCP) June 6, 2021
The Connection To McCollum
The Cavaliers are going to have a tough time luring veterans to a rebuilding team.
However, trading for McCollum would likely result in a motivated player coming to help lead the team.
That is because McCollum is a Canton native, who often reps his beloved Browns on social media.
McCollum playing his way to a Cavs trade and a Swensons sponsorship.
— Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) June 4, 2021
The 29-year-old could be moved if the Portland Trail Blazers want a bit of a reset with Damian Lillard as the focal point.
But who would the Cavaliers send in such a deal?
Moving any members of the young core would be a bit of a shock, given the commitment to development over the past three years.
Bringing in McCollum also doesn’t make the team a playoff contender overnight.
Could the Cavaliers finally cut ties with Sexton instead of giving him a new deal?
There is honestly no telling what the front office will do because we also don’t know the directives from Dan Gilbert.
Plans could change on a whim and that is just the way the team operates.
A Desperate Need For Veteran Talent
The Cavaliers just need to land players who can avoid folding under pressure.
They can sign some veterans on short-term deals and if the season is a bust yet again, trades can be made.
Altman must find players who can also boost the talent of the young guys and avoid a situation as seen with Love where he is often moping around on the court.
Once again, the lack of a proper roster comes down to the questionable direction of the team.
When James left, fans were told a rebuild was not happening.
Then a few weeks later Ty Lue was fired and a rebuild was thus taking place.
Landing McCollum is finally something worth getting excited about, however, it may come down to Gilbert deciding who he wants to pay between the veteran and someone like Sexton.
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