With the Cleveland Cavaliers a week removed from winning the NBA title, another member of the organization has made a statement indicating that the Cavs are going to bring the same group next season.
On ESPN’s NBA Insiders show with Marc Stein, Amin Elhassan and Brian Windhorst, Cavs GM David Griffin says that the organization plans to bring back the same group next season and also feels that their best basketball is still ahead of them.
Here’s his full quote:
We’ve been really fortunate. Ownership has invested in this group to such a huge degree and when we were the largest tax payer in the league last year - and I think the second highest ever - there were times during the year where I felt really, really bad about having spent that much of their money. [laughs]
But I do think that you saw the core of our team - it fits together, it’s capable of doing some very special things and I do think we would like to keep it together and I really feel like - and I think I said this to Marc after the game - I think our best basketball is in front of us because we finally organically grew to the point that we were ready to achieve something together. And so I expect that you’re going to see better play from Kyrie Irving, who I think took a huge jump both as an individual talent and as a winner throughout these playoffs. I think Kevin [Love]’s fit with us is much more clearly defined. So we intend to keep this group together and see what we are capable of.
The biggest takeaway here is that Kevin Love’s status seems secure. Coach Tyronn Lue said the day after the Finals that Love would be back and Griffin’s comments indicate the same. But this also may mean that the likes of Matthew Dellavedova and J.R. Smith will also be back. One big contract offer could change all of that, but for now, don’t expect any major changes to the Cavs roster.
You can listen to all of Griffin’s segment and/or download it here. In it, he also talks about Cleveland’s lowest point this season, Irving’s decision to play in the Olympics and why the Cavs are a dramatic team.