It appears that there are murmurs that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be entertaining the idea of trading big man Jarrett Allen away following a subpar showing in the 2023 NBA Playoffs. In his recent Substack piece, Marc Stein said that “whispers” have been heard about such a potential move by the Cavs, who recently just acquired sniper Max Strus via a sign-and-trade deal with the Miami Heat worth four-year, $63 million contract.
“On the same subject, there have been some whispers this week that the Cavaliers are more open to trading Jarrett Allen than advertised for the opposite reason: He appeared to struggle with the moment at various points of the Cavaliers’ five-game exit to the Knicks.”
Jarrett Allen shined for the Cavs in the 2022-23 NBA regular season and was a major reason why they ended up with one of the best records in the Eastern Conference, with Cleveland going 51-31 to claim a No. 4 seed in the playoffs.
Allen averaged 14.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in the regular season but saw his numbers diminish in the postseason during which he managed to score just 9.4 points and grab 7.4 rebounds through five games against the New York Knicks, who eliminated the Cavs in just five games in the first round.
The 25-year-old Jarrett Allen is still under contract until at least the end of the 2025-26 season, as he signed a five-year deal with the Cavs worth $100 million in August 2021. He remains a key piece of Cleveland, which can still hope that Allen will show significant improvement in the coming 2023-24 NBA season.