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Top 5 Cavs’ Mid-Season Acquisitions In Recent Years

David Richard | USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers pulled the trigger on what turned out to be some very effective trades in early January, first trading away Dion Waiters in a three-team trade to acquire J.R. Smith as well as Iman Shumpert, and then followed it up by trading for Denver’s Timofey Mozgov in exchange for two first-round draft picks. This mid-season acquisition got us wondering about some of the Cavs best in-season acquisitions in the past couple of years. Here are the top 5 acquisitions the Cavs were able to pull off in recent years, starting with number five:

5. Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes

Prior to the trade deadline in the 2013-14 season, Cleveland pulled off two stunning trades when they acquired Bulls forward Luol Deng and Sixers’ center Spencer Hawes. Although they would become free agents at season’s end, Cleveland still took a chance on the two players in hopes of convincing one of them to resign with the Cavaliers while also trying to bring back LeBron James.

In 40 games for the Cavs, Deng averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while playing 22.8 points. Hawes played 27 games and averaged 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 29.8 minutes per.

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