This season has been a nightmare for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Entering the campaign, everyone in the organization believed that this would be the year that the Cavaliers ended their three-year playoff drought. They brought back a talented young core that featured Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, signed veterans Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum, hired head coach Mike Brown (who had coached his teams to the playoffs in every full season of his career) and added the No. 1 pick in the draft Anthony Bennett.
To say that things haven’t went as planned would be an understatement. The Cavs are currently 17-33 and the fourth-worst team in the Eastern Conference. Bynum was suspended and traded away in early January for Luol Deng, who has reportedly called the franchise a “mess” and decided to leave as a free agent this summer. General manager Chris Grant was fired on Thursday, and Brown is on the hot seat too. Rumors of Irving being unhappy in Cleveland continue to surface, and he hasn’t done much to dispel to notion that he wants out. Throw in many ugly losses, a confrontation between key players and a lot of drama, and you have Cleveland’s season in a nutshell.
So where do the Cavaliers go from here? Should they blow it up and trade Irving for a blockbuster package so that the new regime has more to work with while they rebuild? Basketball Insiders writers Lang Greene, Jessica Camerato and Joel Brigham weigh in:
Should the Cavaliers move Irving before the Feb. 20 trade deadline? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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