|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Talk about a franchise in flux.
The Cleveland Cavaliers went all in over the past two years, winning over 60 games in both seasons, but came up short in their ultimate goal to win an NBA championship.
Head coach Mike Brown is now gone as is general manager Danny Ferry, while superstar LeBron James has one foot out the door.
Michigan State mentor Tom Izzo has already turned down an offer to be the franchise's next coach and Byron Scott seems to be waiting on Phil Jackson in Los Angeles before he decides whether he wants the Cleveland job. But, that's all window dressing compared to James' ultimate free agent decision.
If the superstar decides to move on from Cleveland, it's back to square one for the franchise that has been built around him.
With or without James the Cavs still have some talent especially up front where former All-Star Antawn Jamison, up and coming youngster J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao reside.
That said, this offseason is all about convincing James that Cleveland is still the best place for him.
Players under contract: G Daniel Gibson; G Anthony Parker; G Sebastian Telfair; G Delonte West; G Mo Williams; G-F Jamario Moon; F Antawn Jamison; F Leon Powe; F-C J.J. Hickson; C-F Anderson Varejao
Free agents: F LeBron James (unrestricted); F Jawad Williams (restricted); C Zydrunas Ilgauskas (unrestricted); C Shaquille O'Neal (unrestricted)
Draft picks: No picks