Report: Cavs believe in JB Bickerstaff’s ability to develop young talent
The Cavs’ young core is headlined by Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr., Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr. and Dante Exum.
The Cavaliers believe in Bickerstaff’s ability to develop the young talent on the roster, multiple sources tell Heavy.com. The career arc of Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be among Bickerstaff’s litmus tests as he embarks on his journey in Cleveland.
“There’s no one on the [Cavaliers] with real All-Star potential,” a former scout told Heavy.com. “If you told me one player will take his game to that level, I’d bet on Kevin Porter Jr.”
The Cavs currently have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. They are only 15-41 on the season and a ways away from playoff contention.
It’s safe to say the Cavs players are going to play harder for JB Bickerstaff than they did for John Beilein. Bickerstaff has a lot of experience with NBA players from his time with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies.
The Cavs will likely try and trade All-Star power forward Kevin Love in the summer after failing to move him at the trade deadline. Tristan Thompson becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season ends and it doesn’t make sense for the team or Thompson to strike a new deal.
New center Andre Drummond, meanwhile, has a player option for 2020-21 that he is expected to pick up. He’s only 26 and puts up great numbers, but he doesn’t really impact winning.