Cavs trade talks getting more aggressive as deadline nears

Koby Altman, Dan Gilbert

Cleveland Cavaliers trade talks with other teams are gaining steam as we near the NBA trade deadline Thursday at 3:00 pm. They are in talks with multiple teams in an effort to bring in more talent to help pull the team out of their current rut and get back to playing at a championship level. Here are some of the rumors that are circulating.

– DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers)

The Cavaliers have been keeping tabs on DeAndre Jordan’s situation with the Clippers for months now. According to Sam Amico of Amicohoops trade talks between the Cavaliers and Clippers have ramped up and Cleveland has made Jordan their number one trade target. It was reported earlier this week that the Cavs had offered Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and their 2018 first round pick for Jordan.

– Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz)

Favors has emerged as a backup plan in the event the Cavaliers cannot pull off a deal for Jordan. Favors is in the final year of his contract and would not cost as much to acquire as Jordan would.

– Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

The hot rumor of the day has the Cavaliers talking with Charlotte for star point guard Kemba Walker. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned the possible deal this morning on the Dan Lebatard show. Any deal involving Walker would most likely have to include the 2018 first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets.

– George Hill (Sacramento Kings)

The Cavaliers and Kings almost completed a deal for Hill in late January. The Cavaliers would have sent Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert to the Kings. That deal fell through but is not dead as the two teams have remained in contact. The latest had the Cavaliers trying to substitute J.R. Smith for Frye.

– Jordan Clarkson (L.A. Lakers)

This rumor came out a week ago but seems to have cooled off since. Both ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski reported the conversations with the Lakers for Clarkson.

There have been many reports that owner Dan Gilbert is running the front office operations and is ready to part ways with Lebron James after the season. There has been no concrete evidence of these reports. The Cavaliers are expected to make one or two trades before the deadline to improve the teams chances at a fourth straight NBA finals appearance.

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