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Tyronn Lue to Make Huge Changes to Cavs Offense for 2017-18 Season
- Updated: September 21, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers have already undergone quite a lot of change this offseason. Not only did they sign a slew of free agents, including former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, but the Cavs also traded away All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in return for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and multiple draft picks.
As the season quickly approaches, it seems that even more changes are on the horizon after cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon reported that head coach Tyronn Lue is looking to implement big changes to the Cavs offense for the 2017-18 season.
“It’s not going to be a total makeover,” Lue said. “We’re going to do some things different. Some more movement stuff. We have great cutters, (Jae) Crowder moves without the ball and Jeff Green moves without the ball, so we’ve got guys who can move without the ball. You know, RJ (Richard Jefferson) is a good cutter. Having Kevin (Love) and LeBron (James) as passers at the elbows, and now you’ve got Jeff Green, who played in the Princeton offense at Georgetown, so we’ve got guys who can do multiple things now and different things. We’ve got to try to cater our offense to our players.”
In recent years, the Cavs have been highly reliant on brilliant isolation plays from Irving and LeBron James. This year’s offense, however, will focus more on structure and ball movement.
With Irving gone and Thomas still recovering from a hip injury he sustained last season, changes on the offense were somewhat inevitable. Still, it appears Lue is trying to take advantage of the roster shake-up and create a team that can produce offensively regardless of who is on the court.