BrooklynDynasty wrote:The Cleveland Cavaliers have played 178 games since LeBron James decided in July of 2018 to leave the franchise as a free agent for the 2nd time in his career and play elsewhere.
The Cleveland franchise has won only 48 games since then. This is dead last in the NBA in that span, behind the Knicks (53), Bulls (57), and Hawks/Timberwolves (62)
In that time span they have had the most head coaches of any team in the association: Ty Lue, Larry Drew, John Beilein, and J.B Bickerstaff.
Draft picks that have made their Cavaliers debut in that time and played more than two dozen games for the team in that time include Colin Sexton (career 14.4 PER), Darius Garland (9.9), and Isaac Okoro (5.9).
Notable signings and trades include inking Kevin Love to a 4yr/120 million extension, and trading for Andre Drummond, and impending restricted free agent Jarrett Allen.
Dan Gilbert has a 43 billion dollar net worth as of 2021, making him the 2nd richest owner in the league only behind Ballmer. So what is going on here? It's no secret that the Cavaliers stint for the four years following Lebron 1.0 were also among the worst performing teams in the league in that span, but 2.5 years after LeBron 2.0's tenure ended, it seems like the franchise is in an even bigger mess, with not even an Irving type of asset in the fold to build upon. Moreover, turnover among coaching staff has been especially notable for a franchise you would expect to give a long leash for a rebuilding period.
Cavalier fans like to remark that Gilbert is a good owner because he isn't afraid to spend in the luxury tax to support a winner, or that he doesn't meddle like a Dolan or Vivek, so then what explains the teams poor fortunes, even compared to other franchises notorious for failing to reach even just mediocrity?
Part of the Cavs problem is trying to play the lottery game ... a game they won big time in 2003, did pretty well in 2010, and have either flubbed or suffered bad luck in other seasons. And unless you get lucky and get that franchise player (made all that much harder thanks to "The Process"), rebuilding via the draft can be a very slow and risky process for any team without impeccable talent evaluation.
For all of Dan's money and willingness to spend it to make the team and facilities better, he refuses to leverage it to hire a GM or President with team building experience and just cede control. That's not the way his runs his companies.
So, what's going on? A whole bunch of GM's and coaches that Dan hired because "they hadn't failed already" learning on the job.