The Cavs have had a bewildering offseason and have not put themselves in any better position to get back to the NBA Finals due to their indifference at making offseason acquisitions. Lets take a closer look:
Anderson Varejo, a backup PF and a major sparkplug to a team that lives on defense and rebounding still remains an unrestricted free agent.
Sasha Pavlovic, a sometime starter at guard and one of the few long range threats for an offense that is desperate for ways to open up a defense with outside scoring, still remains an unrestricted free agent.
Eric Snow needs knee surgery and will now miss at least the first week of the season.
The Cavs complain that Varejo is asking too much, but this team is not in a good bargaining position being so thin on talent beyond LeBron James. They also say Pavlovic wont get any other offers so they assume they can afford to low-ball him, but once again this is a very naive strategy. The Cavs are negotiating against themselves on these two players. The Cavs need to keep the momentum going from their conference title win, but with these stances they severely risk being left with a very p!<<ed off locker room.
Here is LeBron James' take: "I wish we could have made some moves to improve our team. As a competitor, you want to get better every year. I was hoping we could have added a few pieces, seeing that all the other teams are getting better. Our only advantage is we have the same guys coming back to camp so we wont have guys learning a new system or things like that."
The problem with that LeBron, is you dont even have all of your guys back as of yet, and with Varejo and Pavlovic having the option to bolt to their home teams overseas for a year, the chances of a repeat Eastern Conference Championship are looking about as bleak as an Ohio winter.