Jarrett Allen is under fire after making some eyebrow-raising comments about the present and future of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The big man recently re-signed with the team, getting a 5-year, $100 million deal.
The Cavs are a young team with huge potential, aiming to return to the top of the Eastern Conference sooner than later. The former Brooklyn Nets center is confident this team can make a lot of noise in the East, but some of his words didn't sit well with fans.
Talking with Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Allen stated that the Cavs can aspire to a 'fifth seed or something,' earning a lot of criticism from fans for putting the bar too low.
This is indeed a questionable quote, but Allen said more than that. While talking about the differences between the Cavs and the Nets, Allen did say that everybody on the team is trying to get better to create a championship team.
“It’s been one hell of a ride,” the 23-year-old said. “Coming from Brooklyn, the championship aspirations in Brooklyn and then coming to a rebuilding team where not every game is going to be a fight for the championship, we know that, but we’re all fighting to get better, fighting to improve our game so down the line we can be part of a championship team. Seeing a team like this, knowing what it takes, we have all the right guys and the right mindsets to do it. So, I thought, ‘Hey, I’m willing to be part of this again, especially with these guys.’
“I see a bright future here that I fit in perfectly.”
This is a lot better than settling for a 5th seed. Of course, the job won't be easy. The Nets, Bucks and Sixers are considered favorites in the East, while other teams like the Heat, Bulls and Celtics have made moves to improve their level.
Cleveland will have to work hard to reach important stages in the future, but Allen is confident that they can get the job done. This franchise hasn't been the same since LeBron James left in 2018. They're working to relive old glories with a group of young and talented players.