The last postseason appearance for the Cleveland Cavaliers came in the 2018 NBA Finals.
After three seasons on the outside of the playoff picture, the Cavaliers are looking to make a push toward the Play-In Tournament.
Before the season tips, take a look at the depth chart and some of the positional battles that are expected to play out during the 2021-22 season.
|PG||Darius Garland||Ricky Rubio||Kevin Pangos||Kyle Guy|
|SG||Collin Sexton||Denzel Valentine||Dylan Windler|
|SF||Isaac Okoro||Cedi Osman||Lamar Stevens|
|PF||Evan Mobley||Lauri Markkanen||Dean Wade|
|C||Jarrett Allen||Kevin Love|
Key additions and subtractions
Larry Nance Jr. departs for Portland, with the Cavaliers certain to miss his unique skill set. Fan favourite Matthew Dellavedova departs to play for Melbourne United after an injury-interrupted few seasons.
Prized draft selection Evan Mobley will slot directly into a starting role, while Ricky Rubio will assume the backup point guard responsibility behind Darius Garland. Lauri Markkanen joins Cleveland in the Nance deal and should easily find a place in the rotation.
The starting lineup appears set, with head coach J.B. Bickerstaff hinting he wants to play a 10-man rotation
Markkanen could see himself as a starter after signing a $67 million deal with the team, though he would have to push out Mobley, which doesn't appear to be on the cards for the start of the season at least.
Isaac Okoro started every game in his rookie season and appears ahead of Cedi Osman on the depth chart.
Dylan Windler managed 31 games last season and the sharpshooter will be battling Denzel Valentine for reserve minutes at the guard spot.
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