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Cavs’ trade plans for Isaac Okoro after drafting Ochai Agbaji

Ochai Agbaji, Isaac Okoro, Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a significant splash in the 2022 NBA Draft, adding yet another young player to their promising core as they took Kansas wing Ochai Agbaji 14th overall. That sparked some rumors that the Cavs could potentially trade Isaac Okoro to open up more minutes for Agbaji, but it appears that will not be the case.

Via Matt Moore of The Action Network:

The Cavaliers are not looking to trade Isaac Okoro despite their need for offensive upgrades and the drafting of Ochai Agbaji.

It’s no secret the Cavs could use some more offensive pieces to complement the likes of Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, and Jarrett Allen. An immediate need for Cleveland is three-point shooting and guard depth, especially behind Garland. Tyus Jones and Ricky Rubio are two possible free-agent targets in that regard.

Despite not putting up monster numbers through his first two NBA seasons, Okoro has given the Cavs a scoring punch. He averaged 8.8 points and three rebounds in 2021-22, starting 61 of the 67 games he appeared in. There is always the chance that Agbaji competes with him for the SF starting spot next season, though. Also, there’s still hope that Okoro can come into his own and live up to the expectations that came along with being a No. 5 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

 

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