Cavaliers GM: 'No one is untouchable' in quest to improve roster

Ken Blaze / USA Today Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are not content to sit back and see how things play out following a disappointing 5-4 start to the season.

While no panic moves appear imminent, general manager David Griffin is espousing aggression, as he's wont to do. With defense apparently a particular focus, Griffin's patience is being pitted against the thought of improving his roster via an external move. 

And no player on the Cavs' roster is off limits, Griffin told Northeast Ohio Media Group in an article published Wednesday:

No one is untouchable, and you're never done building a team, so we're always paying attention to what opportunities are out there. My tendency is always trying to do what we can do to improve the roster. But I'm not looking to create one so much as paying attention to what I'm hearing.

LeBron James is probably the exception to Griffin's line of thinking, but the GM's assertion that anybody could be moved is an interesting one. It presents a handful of what-ifs, particularly with young guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

For now, smaller moves involving lesser names are more likely. The Cavaliers have been linked to Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who would help with what Griffin called a lack of depth of defensive talent.

"That's probably an area where we may need to act at some point to improve the roster," Griffin said.

The league's trading season doesn't really begin until Dec. 15, both because it's too early to make judgments on teams and players, and because that's the date after which offseason acquisitions can be traded.

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