The Cleveland Cavaliers are hard at work in this offseason and they are thinking of the future they can have.
Their last season was very promising – although it definitely came up short in the end.
A slate of injuries and a tough competition in the East prevent Cleveland from making the playoffs, even though they were well on their way for most of the season.
There were some fans afraid that the front office would blow up the team or trade away a lot of the best players in hopes of possibly getting better.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Darius Garland's extension kicks in next year when Kevin Love's $28.9M expiring salary comes off the books.
Cleveland's cap sheet looking healthy heading into next offseason with plenty of flexibility to factor in potential new deals for Love, Caris LeVert, and Collin Sexton. https://t.co/LqL0ffxAPc
— Yossi Gozlan (@YossiGozlan) July 2, 2022
As Yossi Gozlan pointed out online, the deals Cleveland is making are pretty smart financially.
They just re-signed Darius Garland for a multi-year contract that could be worth more than $200 million.
Despite that, because of some clever planning, that contract doesn’t start really costing the team until next year when Kevin Love‘s expiring salary comes off the books.
In fact, Cleveland is in great financial shape and have flexibility to create new deals for not only Love but Caris LeVert, and Collin Sexton too.
So the Cavs can in fact run it back with the same crew that got them this far.
With so much promise in the 2021-22 season, fans of the Cavs are really hoping that the upcoming season is like a bigger and better sequel.
Most people want the exact same crew with less injuries, more experience, and better cohesion.
There is every reason to believe that will happen.
Plus, there is some new talent be inserted into the team, including first-round pick Ochai Agbaji.
With a returning crew and a robust bank account, the Cavs could really be going places.