Five possible trades that could help the Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cavaliers are slumping and it is becoming more and more evident that the roster could use some help. Cleveland General Manager Koby Altman is no doubt working the phones in an effort to improve the team and will continue to do so right up to the February 8th trade deadline. The Cavaliers could use some rim protection and some more help on the wing. Let’s take a look at some potential deals that could help Cleveland.

Dallas trades:   Wesley Matthews and Nerlens Noel

Cleveland trades:   Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Ante Zizic, Cavs 2018 1st rd pick

This trade would give the Cavaliers another wing scorer and defender in Matthews who is averaging 12.2 points per game for the Mavericks while shooting 38.4% from three point range. Noel is recovering from thumb surgery and will not be ready to play until next month. Noel could provide solid rebounding and rim protection down low. His offensive game is still a work in progress. The deal would save the Mavericks $10 million dollars in cap space as well as provide them with two assets in Zizic and the first round pick.

Atlanta trades:   Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmond

Cleveland trades:   Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Ante Zizic, Cavs 2018 1st rd pick

Kent Bazemore would provide the Cavaliers an excellent wing defender. He is averaging 12.7 points per game and is shooting a career high 39.4% from three point range. Dedmond has been solid for Atlanta averaging 10.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and one block per game. Dedmond is a solid post defender who has improved his offensive game. The Cavaliers tried to sign him this past off season. The deal would give the Hawks close to $12 million in cap relief as well as provide them with two assets in Zizic and the 1st round pick.

Los Angeles Lakers trade:  Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Cleveland Cavaliers trade:  Channing Frye, Jose Calderon, Ante Zizic, 2021 2nd rd pick

Jordan Clarkson could provide some minutes at shooting guard with J.R. Smith in a season long slump. He is averaging 13.7 point per game for the Lakers. He would also provide a starting caliber point guard for next season should Isaiah Thomas sign elsewhere in free agency. Larry Nance Jr. would give the Cavaliers an athletic big off the bench who is a very good rebounder and shot blocker. The Lakers are looking to clear cap space to have the ability to sign two max players next off season. This deal would provide them close to $10 million in cap relief along with a young big in Zizic and a first round draft pick.

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Los Angeles Clippers trade:  DeAndre Jordan

Cleveland Cavaliers trade:  Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, Cavaliers 2018 1st rd pick

This deal would give the Cavaliers an elite defensive shot blocker and rebounder in Jordan. He is averaging 11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and one block per game. The Clippers would get back a younger center in Thompson as well as over $6 million in cap relief and a first round pick.

Memphis trades:  Marc Gasol and Tyreke Evans

Cleveland trades:  Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, Cedi Osman & Cavaliers 2018 1st rd pick

Marc Gasol would provide the Cavaliers a legit force in the middle both offensively and defensively. Gasol is averaging 18.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Tyreke Evans is having the best season of his career averaging 19.8 points per game and shooting a career high 41% from three point range. The downside is the Cavaliers would not own Evans bird rights. Memphis would get back a younger center in Thompson and a young player with good potential in Osman. The deal would also give them over $7 million in cap relief and a first round pick.

 

All of these deals would fill weaknesses on the Cavaliers roster. An over the top blockbuster deal involving the Brooklyn Nets 2018 lotto pick is not out there as Paul George and Demarcus Cousins have not been made available. All of these deals with the exception of the Clippers deal give the Cavaliers and additional wing to throw at the Golden State Warriors. These deals also open a roster spot for Cleveland to pursue players bought out after the trade deadline. Expect Koby Altman to make at least one trade before the deadline. Whether or not it’s one of these deals remains to be seen.

 

 

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