Despite struggles, Cavaliers not ready for firesale -- yet
It's a been rough start for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to say the least.
But despite the struggles on defense and some issues adapting to a new offense (and 0-5 record), it's doubtful the team will decide to gut the roster anytime soon, am opposing executive told Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.
“Don’t hold your breath,” the exec said. “If they decide to blow it all up, I don’t expect that decision to be made until we get close to the deadline (in early February). They still think they can win.”
The Cavs listened to trade offers for All-Star power forward Kevin Love two summers ago on draft night, and it has become clear they would be willing to take calls on center Tristan Thompson.
But they are not actively looking to make a trade at the moment, as Deveney noted.
"Love is expected to be the centerpiece if a talent dump happens, but his contract is prohibitive," Deveney wrote. "It may be Thompson who is the first to go (or perhaps second after Kyle Korver)."
Love signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension over the summer. Opposing teams may actually like the idea that, should an All-Star such as Love become available, he wouldn't come as rental. So he could become a valuable piece for a younger team looking to be a contender (Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers) or a contending team with assets (Boston Celtics).
The downside to Love, of course, is he tends to spend an inordinate amount of time on the sidelines with injuries.
Meanwhile, Thompson has $36 million left on his current deal, which includes this season and next.
"Though he is limited offensively and has a tendency to let his focus drift, Thompson is a good rebounder and screen-setter when he is engaged," Deveney wrote. "If a playoff team comes calling, Cleveland will listen."
As for Korver, it would actually be surprising if contending teams didn't eventually start asking for the veteran sharpshooter, especially midway through the season.