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Newest Cavs Forward Rumored To Be Starting Over Tristan Thompson Next Season


The Cleveland Cavaliers have been an extremely busy franchise this past offseason, making multiple moves to drastically retool their championship-caliber roster after trading away Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs acquired former stars in the form of Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, as well as current stars, such as Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder.

With so much new talent on the roster, coach Tyronn Lue will have a mighty hard time choosing a lineup that makes everyone happy, but reports are stating he's already made up his mind on what the starting lineup will look like for the Cavs.

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According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic Cleveland, Lue plans to start newly-acquired forward Jae Crowder at the power forward position and move Kevin Love to the center spot, pushing current starting C Tristan Thompson to the bench.

With the signings of both Rose and Wade, who will both be starting for the foreseeable future until Isaiah Thomas heals from his hip injury, this lineup decision will give the Cavaliers much-needed spacing when on offense, as both Crowder and Love are threats from the perimeter, not to mention the added defensive presence Crowder gives them.

When fully healed, Cleveland will boast perhaps the deepest roster in the NBA, with the likes of Derrick Rose, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver coming off the pine.