With the NBA Trade Deadline fast approaching, leaders of 30 franchises are busy making the necessary moves by February 9th. Of course, every team’s situation is different, and that’s why we wanted to create a specific deadline document with the franchise. Presentation issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we tell you everything. Come on, it’s time to talk Cavaliers!
DRIVERS, GOOD DEADLINE BUYERS OR SELLERS?
Fifth in the East, all is well in Ohio with a fantastically well organized team around the trio of Donovan Mitchell – Darius Garland – Evan Mobley. In the race for a conference berth, the Cavaliers shouldn’t want to move too many boxes this winter. At the same time, why break something that works huh?
But we should hear about Cleveland in two weeks. If the five majors of the three zozos above and Jarrett Allen doing well, The winger position is clearly a weak spot in JB Bickerstaff’s rotation. The coach tried many combinations: Isaac Okoro, Lamar Stevens, Dean Wade and Cedi Osman, none of the mentioned players managed to seriously continue the work over time.
A weakness in the wing that needs to be fixed. Four good players is good, but five players is better to avoid getting knocked out in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Caris LeVert’s contract situation favors going away. You see we’re coming, we know someone who just in case gets their home appraised.
Shrek’s distant cousin appears to be a big player who could move from Cleveland this winter, despite little buzz from the hallways right now. At the same time, The guy’s contributions are his lowest since the 2017-18 season. His contract situation is also a strong argument in favor of the transfer: he receives 18 million, the last of his contract this year. Caris LeVert is still Caris LeVert, even though he’s been mediocre in terms of form. A player who is able to bring and, above all, does not allow himself to change to the wind.
🚨 Is Lamar Stevens available? Nothing is certain, but Cleveland’s latest run could make it happen.
Isaac Okoro was good, Dean Wade is back and the Cavs are looking to strengthen their wings.
Bogdanovic, Hardaway Jr. and Beasley noted, less noise around Caris LeVert. pic.twitter.com/FE50Spfbcn
— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) January 23, 2023
The second option? Lamar Stevens’s. Isaac Okoro should not move, Dean Wade is back from injury, which is two men ahead of Lamar in the rotation. Is the guy behind the bench snoring? Very little for Cleveland, who could find a way out of him in two weeks.
CAVALIERS PLAYER(S) WHO MAY BE TRANSFERRED.
Therefore, two names return with the goal of finding a new home that can satisfy Cleveland by sending a useful counterpart to the Cavs’ game.
- Caris LeVert : Averaged 12.8 points, 4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 41.8% shooting in 2022-23, 18 potatoes in final year of contract.
- Lamar Stevens : 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds on 44.1% shooting, all for 1.7 million dinero this season and a non-guaranteed year next season, king for those who want to try the guy for a mini price.
PLAYERS SUBMITTED BY DRIVERS
A guy who can play good basketball and raises his hand when asked if he’s a wing player. That sounds great Malik Beasley. Very similar to the description of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Bojan Bogdanovic. The Cavaliers will be grabbing a lot of people to fill their void at the 3rd post.
The most serious reasons? Bojan Bogdanovic, for starters. The Pistons aren’t very interested in bringing in a good basketball player, so they will certainly have to give up a Draft pick. The Cavaliers have a 2024 option, but it won’t be as exciting as the team’s playoff goals. Too bad they all went to Utah against Donovan Mitchell until 2028. On the Mavericks side, Tim Hardaway Jr.’s contract is probably too high to imagine a trade, leaving only Malik Beasley.
Mark Stein showed this last week The Cavs were considering a three-team scenario that would send Caris LeVert to Atlanta, John Collins to Utah and Malik Beasley to Cleveland. On paper, everyone is happy, but now we have to convince each side to accept the trade-off. Utah is unlikely to bring in John Collins without a pick in the bag, and that should lead to intense debate.
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Sources: Marc Stein, ESPN, Bleacher Report