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Ranking offseasons in the East: No. 15, Cavaliers

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Ranking offseasons in the East: No. 15, Cavaliers

So what teams in the Eastern Conference did the most to improve for the 2015-16 season? The availability of cap space and the status of retaining one's own free agents factors into what teams are able to do. The countdown starts with teams that did the least to enhance its roster -- and depending on the team that could be a good thing:

No. 15 Cavaliers

Last season's record: 53-29: Finish: 2nd in East. Conference champion and NBA finals runner-up.

Key additions: PG-SG Mo Williams, re-acquired in free agency. SG Sir'Dominic Pointer, taken No. 53 overall in the 2015 draft.

The skinny: Williams spent 2008-11 in Cleveland with LeBron James when he was a starter. Now 32, Williams is a backup and can play both guard positions to give them a better option offensively when Kyrie Irving leaves the floor. He still averages double figures though he shoots in the low 30%-range from three-point range. The Cavs' main focus has been retaining C Timofey Mozgov, Fs Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson and James. Because they gave up Andrew Wiggins for Love, who they played better without in their run to the NBA Finals, the Cavs were pot committed. They unloaded Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday and acquired traded-player exceptions in return. They also settled on a one-year deal with backup PG Matthew Dellavedova with J.R. Smith still dangling on the market.

Projected finish: Because of James alone, no worse than a No. 3 seed. This was a taxpaying team last season ($7 million) and that handicapped their ability to go outside to find free agents. However, they can re-sign their own which is what happened here. The Cavs will be a taxpayer for 2015-16, too, and are trying to avoid the escalating tax penalties for a franchise that exceeds three times in a four-year span. It's not about how the Cavs start. It's how things end up. The road to the NBA Finals will go through Cleveland until further notice but are they any better than last season? Probably not.

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Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

The Wizards released their 2018-19 five-game preseason schedule on Tuesday and it looks quite a bit like last year's did.

Once again, they will play the New York Knicks twice, once at home and once on the road. And once again, they will host the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It all begins on Oct. 1 when the Wizards host the Knicks. Three of their five preseason games will be played at Capital One Arena.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

10/1 vs. Knicks

10/5 vs. Heat

10/8 at Knicks

10/10 at Pistons

10/12 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions

The preseason schedule release comes on the heels of the full 82-game regular season reveal. That came out last week. You can see it here.

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    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    The Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas released their over/unders for NBA win totals for the 2018-19 season earlier this month and the Wizards were set at 44.5. That, of course, sparked some debates among fans and the media.

    Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh gave their take on the matter in the video above. For reference, here are the win totals as set by Westgate:

    Atlanta Hawks - 23.5
    Boston Celtics - 57.5
    Brooklyn Nets - 32.5
    Charlotte Hornets - 35.5
    Chicago Bulls - 27.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers - 30.5
    Dallas Mavericks - 34.5
    Denver Nuggets - 47.5
    Detroit Pistons - 37.5
    Golden State Warriors - 62.5
    Houston Rockets - 54.5
    Indiana Pacers - 47.5
    Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
    Los Angeles Lakers - 48.5
    Memphis Grizzlies - 34.5
    Miami Heat - 41.5
    Milwaukee Bucks - 46.5
    Minnesota Timberwolves - 44.5
    New Orleans Pelicans - 45.5
    New York Knicks - 29.5
    Oklahoma City Thunder - 50.5
    Orlando Magic - 31.5
    Philadelphia 76ers - 54.5
    Phoenix Suns - 28.5
    Portland Trail Blazers - 41.5
    Sacramento Kings - 25.5
    San Antonio Spurs - 43.5
    Toronto Raptors - 54.5
    Utah Jazz - 48.5
    Washington Wizards - 44.5

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