The Cleveland Cavaliers saved themselves $38 million this summer when they declined to match Matthew Dellavedova's offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks. When they did this, they created a small hole in their rotation. Delly, while not a true point guard in the traditional sense, occupied 24.6 minutes per game of backcourt time. That is not an insignificant chunk of time, and the Cavs only have brought in rookie Kay Felder as a potential replacement.

Traditional position roles have led many to believe that those minutes will be divided mostly among the three point guards that are currently on the roster. Kyrie Irving will get more time, Felder would get some rotation run, and Mo Williams will step up and fill the rest. This is a fine theory, and is probably likely, to an extent.

Kyrie playing more is basically a lock, as the potential for him to miss 25 games again is low, and his slow ramp up when he returned resulted in 4.9 less minutes per game than he played in 2014-15. That's a good thing as Kyrie looks to take on more of a load this year. But behind him, filling Delly's minutes with Felder, Williams and Jordan McRae could create some problems. The idea that Felder is ready is probably premature, even if he looked good and grabbed the coaches' attention at Summer League. He will probably be spending more time in Canton next season than on an NBA floor. Williams did get Game 7 minutes, as his fans like to point out, but we can't forget that he's going to be 34 this year, missed half of last season with knee and thumb injuries, and played just 5 minutes per game in 13 playoff games. The idea that he will be healthy AND effective next year is not a given.

If the Cavs look strictly at their conventional point guards, they will have some issues, as there's an overall deficiency in defense between Irving, Williams, and Felder, and we simply can't trust Williams or Felder to be consistent. However, that's the nice thing about having LeBron James. The Cavs do not need a backup point guard in the traditional sense, because they have LeBron's elite playmaking ability to initiate the offense, and they don't need a traditional distributor to take over when Kyrie is not in the game. The Cavs relied on Dellavedova some to create, but more often than not, when he was in, he was functioning as a point guard on defense and a shooting guard on offense. Dellavedova's primary defensive responsibility was to defend opposing point guards, and offensively, when he played with LeBron, the extent of his ball-handling often was to bring the ball up, pass it off to LeBron or another wing, and scurry to the corner to spot up.