Cavs’ Most Interesting Trade Options Before February Trade Deadline
9.6 PPG – 3.7 RPG – 45.9 FG% – 34.7 3PFG%
Towards the end of the pre-season, Chris Haynes wrote an article titled “Richard Jefferson has a chance to be LeBron James’s first legitimate backup” stating that RJ’s ability and experience and athleticism surpassed that of his predecessors. While it is true RJ is one of the most successful backups, the Cavs need to consider the future for the organization. A young backcourt in Irving and Shumpert, paired with Thompson and, if none of these trades go through, Kevin Love leave the Cavs with a respectable starting five in the post-LeBron era. however, James is the youngest small forward on the roster by at least five years. While I have very high hopes for the Turkish prospect Cedi Osman, it may be beneficial for the Cavs to find a more short term solution, as well as providing another serviceable body off the bench for Lue.
Enter Terrence Jones. With Houston trading for Josh Smith, their front court has become crowded and primed to unload an underused member of the team. With his limited minutes, Jones’ lowered usage percentage (Just had a season-low 10 minutes in a game) and the firing of Kevin Mchale may tip over onto the trade block.
Trade: Cavs Send: Rights to Sir’Dominic Pointer (G) and Cedi Osman (SF), 2 2018 second round picks and the Mike Miller TPE – Houston sends: Terrence Jones
Maybe, the Cavs don’t need anything. Maybe with the changing of the guard at coach and a new focus on faster paced games, and a renewed chemistry in the locker room will be enough, but if not an injection of new blood might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Even before Blatt was fired and the Cavs dropped an embarrassing loss to the Warriors they had declared they were in the market for an upgrade with the Harris Trade. Even after press statements saying Kevin Love was not on the market, and that the Cavs are waiting till closer to the deadline to look into making moves, I wouldn’t be surprised to see rumors of player shopping over the next few weeks.