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For better and worse: Cleveland’s CBA constraints

The NBA season never disappoints, but remarkably overwhelming is the league’s offseason. The feeling of winning a championship can be matched only by the aspiration and acquisitions to give a city hope. Cleveland’s story is far from over, for better and worst, their relationship with the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will pave way to future Cavaliers.

For Worse

1. Here’s a no-brainer to start – the NBA salary cap. The Cavs are significantly over it, and it means they really can’t add any free agents who want any large amounts of money. Meanwhile, teams like San Antonio and Golden State are looking to reload for next season.

2. Thanks to previous Cavs owner Ted Stepien – who traded away most of his draft picks- teams are now forbidden from trading first round draft picks in consecutive years. The Cavs had to use their 2018 first round pick to offload Anderson Varejao, and thus are unable to use their 2017 or 2019 first round draft picks as tools to facilitate trades.

3. The Cavs can’t receive a player such as Kevin Durant or Mike Conley in a sign and trade because they are above the “apron”, or the point $4 million above the projected $113 million luxury tax line.

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