What’s next for Cavs? Well, end of season

Oct 17, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) talks with guard Dion Waiters (3) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers (32-47) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (14-64)

Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee.

TV: 8:30 p.m., FOX Sports Ohio (Cavaliers Live pregame starts at 8 p.m.)

Projected Starters

CLEVELAND: C Spencer Hawes; PF Tristan Thompson; SF Luol Deng; SG Dion Waiters; PG Kyrie Irving.

MILWAUKEE: C Zaza Pachulia; PF Jeff Adrien; SF Khris Middleton; SG Brandon Knight; PG Ramon Sessions.

Pregame Notes:

— It will be interesting to see how the Cavaliers respond against the league’s worst team (sorry, 76ers) now that the Cavs have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. As previously noted, the Cavs didn’t always respond very well when they still had a chance.

— These games don’t matter much to the players and they sure don’t matter to the fans. I’m afraid to see what the crowd is gonna look like in Milwaukee. As for the players, their minds are on what’s next. Like, where they will be next season, who will be coaching them, and what additions and defections are going to take place around them.

— For the Cavs, those are all extremely good questions. Owner Dan Gilbert must hire a full-time general manager. That GM needs to pick a coach (whether it’s Mike Brown or someone else). The Cavs need to draft another lottery selection. They need to see what Kyrie Irving does after he’s offered a max contract extension. They need to play the free agency game in July. In many ways, it could be like 2010 all over again — a summer when the Cavs were forced to start over.

— Of course, nothing wrong with starting over if you get it right. All I know about the Cavs right now is Gilbert is determined to do exactly that.

— Now, there’s a chance the Cavs could stay the course, and that’s something that needs to be considered. And don’t just blow it off, because I can tell you, staying the course with a few minor upgrades is something that’s being considered. Acting GM David Griffin could get the job full-time, Mike Brown could remain the coach, and Irving and Dion Waiters could remain your starting backcourt, with Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes as your starting bigs.

— As for Luol Deng, I have no idea. I have a hard time envisioning him returning if everything else stays the same. You don’t need to be a basketball psychologist to see he’s not exactly having the time of his life.

— But when people ask me what the Cavs are going to do, I answer as honestly as I know how: "I have no clue and I can’t get a feel for it." And anyone who says otherwise right now is probably just sort of making up things on the fly.

— Another thing to consider about Griffin: He could leave on his own if another opportunity presents itself. His current status does not tie him to the Cavs. While it seems he wants the job, he’s widely respected around the NBA. No matter what happens, Griffin will be employed in the league next season, and odds are, it will be a job about which he’s excited.

— Brown has no plans, as far as I know, to give extended minutes to the younger guys. And by "younger," I mean Seregy Karasev, Scotty Hopson, etc. A lot of that probably is because the other important players (Irving, Waiters, etc.) still aren’t ready for prime time, either. Otherwise, the Cavs would be in the playoffs.

— That’s it for now. I’ll have plenty more on the Cavs in the coming days. By this time next week, we should have a decent idea of who the GM will be, or at least who is in the running. We should have some names. And for the Cavs, that will be a start.

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