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Cavs Corner: Trade Rumors

The NBA trade deadline is under a month away on February 18. A few different rumors have been floating around about the Cavs especially after cap space was opened up by the Joe Harris trade. Here is what I would like to see.

ClevelandHuddleThe Cavs have enough veterans on the team that can help our younger players out, especially when it comes to playoff time. LeBron James, James Jones, Richard Jefferson and even Anderson Varejao and Mo Williams will be huge help. We don’t need any more veterans to come to this team and start up a whole different outlook or mentality on things from what is already expected. The team is just starting to get back into their groove and working together and don’t need another voice trying to “help them”. The Cavs need an early to mid career player who can come off the bench, do what their told and produce solid defensive efforts. Our defense has really been lacking as of late and not up to playoff standards. We have enough scorers, so someone that can come out while giving our starters a break and play solid defense to keep the game close is what we need off the bench.

If they want an offensive player, it should be someone who can put the ball on the floor and drive, post-up, or have a mid-range game. Shots behind the arc have not been kind to us lately and in too many situations the Cavs have been throwing up threes to try to get back into games, which ends up hurting us more than anything.

 

mozgov

Rumor has it that Timofey Mozgov is on his way out. He is a free agent at the end of the season and if the Cavs don’t move him, he could easily be benched to a reserve spot for the rest of the year if we can pick up a solid post player. As much as I liked the big man when we acquired him last year, I think it’s time for him to go. He has not been playing like a center; from weak finishes at the rim, to not being able to grab rebounds. I thought for sure his game would turn around, but so far no luck and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

It has been rumored that the Cavs have had an eye on Nick Young. Honestly, I haven’t paid too much attention to him, but on paper besides being a good free throw shooter he doesn’t seem that impressive and doesn’t have much to offer for what the Cavs need.

markieff-morris

Cavs players have expressed interest in PF Markieff Morris of the Suns. Morris has a career field goal average of .444 with 5.4 rebounds a game. He is only in his fourth year and could easily mend into the Cleveland Cavalier way by adding even more depth to the bench. The 6’10” Morris could possibly switch out with Love while Thompson and Varejao could take over the center position for Mozgov. Now, Thompson isn’t a true center but with his ability to grab rebounds and lack of any mid-range shooting, he could easily learn and adapt to the center position.

 

trevor-ariza

SF Trevor Ariza is another name being thrown around the Cavs rumor mill. I know, I know, I said no “veterans” but with eleven years experience I think Ariza would be a great addition to this team. So far he’s averaging 4.8 rebounds a game and .427 field goal percentage in his career. He’s a solid defender and either relieving or getting him out on the floor with other solid defenders such as Shump is exactly what we need to keep opponents in check.

Cousins

Also a big name being thrown around is Center, DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings. Being a mid-career player and putting up good numbers this season, I think he would be a perfect fit. Cavs GM David Griffin told media that Kevin Love is not on the trading block, so if that is true, our options are limited of what the Kings might accept for a trade. If not traded, Cousins is expected to test the free agency market when his contract expires in 2017.

All in all the Cavs don’t need to make many moves before the trade deadline. It worked well for them last year when they fell shorthanded, but this year they can easily make minimal moves with a full healthy roster at this stage of the season. I honestly don’t see the Cousins trade being a real possibility at this point, but if he doesn’t get traded this year, I can see the Cavs talking to him when he is a free agent. My vote is to make moves for Morris with Ariza being a close second option.

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