With LeBron James gone, seemingly for good this time, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in full-on rebuilding mode once again. With a young and disjointed roster, the Cavs are a franchise in need of a foundation player. They’re in need of star power.
Enter Zion Williamson.
The presumptive top pick in June’s draft, Williamson would benefit every team in the league. But he would make an immense, immediate impact on a floundering Cavs team in search of a concrete direction forward. Williamson would instantly become the clear-cut cornerstone piece around whom to build.
Collin Sexton, drafted eighth overall last year, has shown promise while fighting through the typical ups and downs of an NBA rookie season. However, he’s better suited for a complementary role around a star. As the best college prospect to enter the league since Anthony Davis, Williamson is that star, the type of franchise player about whom Cleveland fans could really get excited.
Beyond his box-office draw, Williamson fits well with the Cavs’ other pieces.
Cleveland has expressed interest in potentially trading Kevin Love, and given the team’s direction it makes sense to try to deal the 30-year-old for younger players and/or draft picks. But with four years and roughly $120 million left on Love’s contract, finding a trade partner could be difficult.
If the Cavs elected to keep him, Love pairs well with Williamson on paper. Love’s ability to stretch the floor and shoot from the perimeter would allow Williamson the space to wreak havoc inside with his 6-7, 285-pound frame. Williamson’s passing needs work, but collapsing defenses would leave shooters like Love and Sexton open on the outside.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Matt Eppers