While Cavs fans are contemplating how draft picks Anthony Bennett, Sergey Karasev, and Carrick Felix will all fit with the current roster, Cavs General Manager Chris Grant indicated on Friday the Cavaliers’ roster is far from finished.
In an interview with ESPNCleveland’s The Really Big Show , Grant told show hosts Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer that “this is just the beginning” in reference to the team’s off season moves.
The Cavaliers were reportedly very active in trade talks leading up to the draft, with names such as Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and LaMarcus Aldridge all among those Grant and his staff had their eyes on. While Cleveland was not involved in any major deals on draft night it appears the Cavaliers front office is merely getting started with their offseason work.
“We’re a pretty aggressive team, just look at our track record the last three years,” Grant commented to The Really Big Show.
Pierce has since been shipped off to Brooklyn, but both Marion and Aldridge could still be targets with Dallas wanting to shed the $9 million Marion is due next season and Aldridge wanting out of Portland.
The Cavs core of Irving, Waiters, Karasev, Bennett, Thompson, and Zeller are all 23 years of age or younger, leaving the team in desperate need of some additional veteran presence to go along side Andy Varejao.
“You want to give enough space for the young guys to play and grow…but at the same time you want to put enough experience and professional leadership around them” Grant explained.
With Dan Gilbert making it clear he wants the Cavs in the playoffs next April, Grant and his staff will have to leave no stone unturned in their continuing quest to upgrade an extremely young roster that won just 24 games last season while also leaving the door open to sign a max contract free agent in 2014.