Cleveland, Ohio-The Cleveland Cavaliers have always coveted players like Jarrett Allen. He is a resilient defensive force that can grow and protect with young, short guards. they.
That’s why they tried to trade Indiana Pacers’ defensive key Miles Turner before the February deadline, and then they were rejected. This is why they finally reached a deal with Andre Drummond (Andre Drummond), he spent the salary cap space in advance to make two All-Stars, always hoping that he would choose to join his contract.
The Cavaliers have seen Drummond̵
On Tuesday night, Drummond missed the season due to a contusion of the Achilles tendon, and the Cavaliers were blown up by 30 points. This is also their worst defensive performance, which allowed the Jazz to score 117 points on 50% of the points on the court and 53.3% from outside the three-point line.
The arrival of Drummond about a year ago was the first step in demonstrating a commitment to improving defense, which is at the core of coach JB Bickerstaff’s ideal identity.
But during the offseason, Drummond will become an unrestricted free agent, and the initial dialogue with him has not progressed well. It seems more likely to exit this summer, even if the transaction did not happen earlier than that. The Cavaliers knew they didn’t have much control over that result. JaVale McGee started on the spot in Drummond on Tuesday night, also the last year of his contract. Before making a wise move on Wednesday, the Cavaliers have been staring at the weak center depth map after the season, and there are limited ways to change this situation.
When Brooklyn called on Wednesday afternoon, the Cavaliers were willing to jump into the James Harden blockbuster blockbuster agreed by four teams, which caused a sensation throughout the NBA and took away from the league. One of the most promising big men.
Brooklyn got what he wanted, grabbed Harden-the deadly scorer and the crown jewel of swaps-and ended up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (if he returns from vacation) Being a team is daunting. They gave up Allen, realizing that they couldn’t afford him more than this year. The Houston Rockets may come up with a large number of draft picks to ignite their rebuilding and thus feel better about their future. Indiana traded Victor Oladipo (Victor Oladipo) for Caris LeVert, thus saving money.
The Cavaliers also benefited from this, adding Allen and swingman Taurean Prince in exchange for Dante Exum, the unprotected Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick in 2022, losing some value, Giannis · Antetokounmpo (Giannis Antetokounmpo) signed the largest contract extension, and the 2024 second-round pick is called Cleveland’s worst asset.
Prince was the only way to help Brooklyn transfer funds, but it didn’t go well. However, changing the landscape-and perhaps a greater opportunity-can help restore his value. The prince will provide depth on the wings. The 26-year-old former first-round player has the versatility of 3 and 4, and is competitive and defensive. As the war of attrition continues, they provide the Cavaliers with another healthy rotation.
But please don’t get me wrong: this move has something to do with Allen-the Cavaliers are close to the peak of the free agent market in 2021 and are ready to play in this offseason.
When asked to describe the feeling of the building, a source said: “Happy.” “You will meet a 22-year-old young man who is about to enter the golden age of his career with our growing young core. . To get a player of this size at that age, that’s why we have these assets and have these opportunities.”
The Cavaliers have loved the 6-foot-11 Allen for years, all the way back to the 2017 draft. A few months ago, in the free agency market, sources said that members of the Cleveland front office had a conversation with Brooklyn, talking about the existence of Allen, he may become a potential replacement for Tristan Thompson. At the time, the winning Nets were not interested in moving on, especially considering his low salary and the way he played in the Bubble.
Allen has maintained this advantage this season, averaging 67.7% field goal percentage and 11.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks in 12 games. He ranked 10th in rebounds and 9th in blocks.
On the offensive end, he is an effective pick-and-roll finisher and a lob threat. He does not need to eat possessions or need to play to allow him to exert influence-this is an important feature of a team with a ball guard. Lin Sexton and Darius Garland. As the numbers indicate that Allen is a deadly pick-and-roll partner alongside Irving, the Cavaliers have a vision for the successful Garland-Allen combination, which helps unlock Garland’s budding game. Dating back to 2018-19, only Rudy Gobert was used more as a projector in this particular scene.
On the other hand, he is an exciting backbone and elite rim protector. In the past two seasons, at least 250 scoring goals have been defended by players, and his scoring goals rank fourth in the NBA.
What is the best way to minimize the shortcomings of playing two small guards? Surround them with defensive awareness.
The Cavaliers have enough early data to emphasize the impact of size and rim protection on this team. With the efforts of Drummond and McGee, Larry Nance Jr. disrupted the passing route and rookie Isaac Okoro entangled the opponent, The Cavaliers’ defensive rating has jumped to the first in the league-for a second-ranked team, this is an extraordinary shift for several consecutive years.
In the short term, Cleveland’s center is a little confused. Sources said that Thon Maker will be exempted, and the Cavaliers have received a call about McGee.
Although the veteran seemed most likely to be squeezed by Allen’s joining, the minor injuries in the first few weeks made depth an asset. Bickerstaff is responsible for balancing the time and adjusting the clips. Drummond has been fully involved in and improved the team’s competitiveness since taking office last year. It is said that he will be like Brooklyn with DeAndre Jordan and Allen. Take a central position. The source said that shortly after the news came out, Drummond texted Koby Altman, the general manager, calling it a “huge deal.”
The Cavaliers invested a lot of resources to defend their defense. They don’t want to lose any positive motivation. They cannot afford to shrink. As Drummond’s future is uncertain, they need some protection. Even if Drummond will stay in Cleveland after this year, the Cavaliers plan to find another frontcourt.
Potential free agent target Bam Adebayo (Bam Adebayo) withdrew from the market and signed a major contract in Miami. Rudy Gobert (Rudy Gobert) reached a new agreement in Utah to remove him from potential plans. Anthony Davis has always been a pipe dream and unsurprisingly chose to stay in Los Angeles.
What’s the point if no one wants to spend salary space?
In many ways, the money is earmarked for Allen, a limited free agent. Only in this way can the knight have more control. They inherited his Byrd rights, can be matched with any offer, and are optimistic about their chances of signing a profitable long-term contract. They didn’t give up the first-round pick to let him run wild.
Now the Cavaliers have more than 50 games to show Alan that he belongs to him-in the center of a promising young core, which includes Garland, Sexton, Okoro, Nance, Dylan. Wendler and Kevin Porter Jr.
Consider their free agency promotion-six months earlier than expected.
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