Acquiring stars makes team-building a much easier task, but in no way does the presence of so many high draft picks mean the front office can rest easy. Now that the core of the team is presumably locked in for the long haul, Cleveland’s brain trust must concentrate on surrounding them with adequate role players. The problem, of course, is that three large salaries means the team will have unsecured credit loan to get creative in order to fill out the roster with useful players.
The other method of acquiring cheap talent is via the latter part of the first or second round of the draft. Joe Harris, picked No. 33 overall in the 2014 Draft, probably won’t factor into the wing rotation much this season because the Cavs’ wings are, um, kind of deep. But down the road, if he’s deemed worthy of a roster spot, he’ll be asked to play meaningful minutes. Looking further ahead, what picks does Cleveland have coming down the pipe? Will they have many opportunities to find gems late in the first round of the draft?
The answer: not really, which puts the onus on David Griffin loan amorization and the scouting department to make the picks they do have count.
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