The 2023–24 Cleveland Cavaliers season starts this Wednesday night October 25th at the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 pm. As we all know, the Cavs had a good season last year going 51-31. Unfortunately, their season crashed and burned with their April playoff series with the New York Knicks. The Cavs only led for approximately 45 minutes out of 240 minutes of that entire series. They ended up losing the series 4-1. The Cavs greatly disappointed all of their loyal fanbase and it appeared that they were definitely not ready for the bright lights of New York City and the pressure of the NBA Playoffs! The Cavs decided to slightly retool their team by adding players on the fringes to go along with their “Core Four” which consists of Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen.

Other important Cavs who still remain on the team are Caris LeVert, who re-signed to a team-friendly, two-year contract, the enigmatic Cavs draft pick Isaac Okoro and the underperforming Cavs signee Dean Wade.

During the off-season, Cleveland cut ties with the popular long-time Cavalier Cedi Osman who was the longest-tenured Cavalier after Kevin Love landed in Miami. Osman was sent off to San Antonio to throw lobs to the 7’4 rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama. The Cavs also cut ties with the gritty forward Lamar Stevens and they cut ties with the goofy Robin Lopez and the Brazilian import Raul Neto. The Cavs also released their disappointing 2019 draft pick Dylan Windler, who is now on the New York Knicks.

In order to replace those guys the Cavs picked up shooting with the 6’5 guard-small forward Max Strus from the Miami Heat. They also signed Georges Niang a 6’7 shooting forward from the Philadelphia 76ers and they also acquired backup point guard Ty Jerome from the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs also fortified their team by bringing in backup big man Damian Jones from the Utah Jazz and they brought back shooter Sam Merrill, who helped the Cavs win the NBA Summer League Championship this past July in Las Vegas. The Cavs also surprisingly brought back former Cavalier big man and former Kardashian Tristan Thompson, and he’s now wearing the unfamiliar number 12 for the Cavs.

As I predicted back in May the Cavs drafted in the 2nd round of the June 2023 NBA Draft Emoni Bates, the 6’9 small forward from Eastern Michigan. Bates did very well in the NBA Summer League and he has looked very good in the NBA preseason games for the Cavs. It’s possible he will start the season off with the minor-league Cavs team the Cleveland Charge of the G League but it’s possible he will be promoted to the main Cavs roster during the season. The Cleveland Charge will actually have a very interesting young team to keep an eye on this season. Players such as Emoni Bates, Isaiah Mobley, Craig Porter Jr, Sharife Cooper and Pete Nance, will be fun and exciting to watch this coming season at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State.

In reviewing the Cavs 2023-24 season schedule, I predict the Cavs will go 50-32. The Eastern Conference is tougher this year, with top-tier NBA All-Star players Damian Lillard going to Milwaukee, plus Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis going to Boston. And there are younger NBA Eastern Conference teams that will now pose a threat to the Cavs. Barring injury and based on getting Jarrett Allen back healthy, I predict the Cavs will finish with the third-best record in the NBA Eastern Conference and have a successful season!

Please look for more upcoming Cavs articles coming from this writer to be seen here at “Cleveland Sports Talk”

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Senior Cavs Insider – Cleveland Cavs 2023–24 Season Preview

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