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PREVIEW: Cavs continue 5-game homestand against Nets on Tuesday

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Brooklyn is among the league’s worst, as Spencer Dinwiddie has transformed from an afterthought of a third-string point guard to a starter. Jarrett Allen was buried deep in the depth chart at the beginning of the campaign, but poor performances from Timofey Mozgov, Jahlil Okafor and Zeller have collectively carved out an opportunity in the starting five.

The Nets are dropping faster than a rollercoaster, and a deadline-acquisition like Cunningham will not right the ship.

The NBA Draft lottery system projects the Cavs to have the seventh overall pick, a spot that would put them in contention for prospects like Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Texas’ Mohammed Bomba, Duke’s Wendell Carter and more. The Wine and Gold has not had a draft pick like this since selecting Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and Anthony Bennett first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

While Altman elected to trade the team’s first-round pick, Thomas and Frye to the Lakers for Nance Jr. and Clarkson, he kept an asset with tremendous value.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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