Center of the Future?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of a rebuild, but the future looks bright. They have solid young guards with Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. They have faith in their 2020 Draft selection in Isaac Okoro as well as numerous veteran pieces that they can use to groom their young core or as trade chips leading up to the deadline or into the offseason.
One of the key members of the Cavaliers young core is Jarrett Allen whom they acquired from the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season. Jarrett Allen was a force on Nets, but since coming to the Cavaliers, he has taken his game to the next level. Allen is a 6’11’’, 243 pound Center who is a force on the defensive end. Reminiscent of Rudy Gobert for the Jazz. However, Allen has a much more polished offensive game compared to Gobert and is 6 years younger. His game has evolved year over year since being drafted out of Texas. Now, he is a franchise center-piece on a rebuilding team in the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Cavaliers are prepared to reward their new Center in a big way. Jarrett Allen has proven to be an elite two-way center with his ability to protect the paint and dominate the paint on the offensive end. Cleveland will look to lock in their future Center this offseason with a $100 million contract over the next 5 years.
This would be a huge step in the right direction for Cleveland. If they can lock in Jarrett Allen, they will have a solid foundation to work off of moving forward. Going into the 2021–22 season, the Cavs would have Jarrett Allen paired with a more experienced Garland and Sexton. Collin Sexton in particular has really improved his game this season. One of the best defensive guards in the league without a doubt, but that is not surprising after watching him at Alabama. Sexton has vastly improved his scoring this season, and Jarrett Allen has been a huge help in Sexton’s improvement and overall playmaking ability. They could be a dynamic duo for many years to come.
Overall, I think a move to lock up Jarrett Allen is a no-brainer for Cleveland. They have a number of players that they will be unloading at the trade deadline if not this upcoming offseason. You figure the Cavs will part with Cedi Osman, Kevin Love, and Larry Nance Jr. This would allow them to build up plenty of assets to use in the near future. Whether that is draft picks or other talented players that can help groom and positively impact their young core of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen.
The Cavaliers were down bad to begin this season, but after acquiring Jarrett Allen, there is a light at the end of the tunnel even with the recent questionable ownership decision. I expect the Cavaliers to be a playoff team in the East two or three seasons down the line.