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Cup of Cavs: Cleveland Cavaliers news and links for Thursday, September 29

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

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We will have watched Cavalier basketball by this time next week. The wait (for pre-season) is almost over.

The first sip

The battle for the starting three spot is the most intriguing one coming into this season. The Cavs have potentially four all-stars in the starting lineup without a wing that complements them. There’s an argument that Isaac Okoro may grow into being the perfect long-term fit, but that seems more speculative than substantive at this point.

J.B. Bickerstaff went out of his way earlier this week to say that there are no front runners to the starting small forward spot.

While also saying that Dylan Windler has looked phenomenal and might be that guy.

This feels like an annual song and dance at this point of the year. The Cavs desperately need someone who can shoot and rebound at a consistent rate. On paper, Windler is the perfect fit to do both of those things, but he hasn’t shown he can can be that guy.

Maybe this is the year he can stay healthy and put it all together. That would be the ideal outcome for everyone, but I’ll have to wait and see it before I believe it.

The second sip

This is the time for eternal optimism and belief that things will be different this time. Hopefully for the Cavs, that’s the case for Donovan Mitchell on the defensive end. Although, it seems he’s made a tradition of saying things like this.

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