INDEPENDENCE: Three years into this massive rebuilding project, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ overhaul is nearly complete. There’s only one problem: They’ve yet to truly address the one position that forced this roster gutting in the first place.
The Cavs have spent three years looking for a reputable small forward and a viable replacement for LeBron James. Jamario Moon was always considered an interim at the position, but Omri Casspi was a bust and Alonzo Gee has likely maximized his talent and still isn’t a starting-caliber small forward on a contending team.
They preferred Dion Waiters to Harrison Barnes in last year’s draft and skipped Otto Porter in favor of Anthony Bennett in this year’s draft, leaving Earl Clark as the latest temporary fix. Only one year of his deal is guaranteed, although the Cavs hold a team option for next season.