Kevin Love suffered a broken hand last night in a 125-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Love is going to be out 6-8 weeks. The Cleveland Cavaliers have to make a change. It’s now or never. The NBA trade deadline is only eight days away on February 8th. Love certainly won’t be traded now because of his injury. So the Cavs will have to look elsewhere. Cleveland is 3-7 in their last 10 games. Love is averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. What should Cleveland do going forward?
Acquire Kemba Walker:
The Cavs need veterans that can score the ball. Simple. Guys that can defend and help the offense become more efficient. Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum fit the bill. Walker is putting up 22.1 points and 5.8 assists per game. They would likely have to part ways with J.R. Smith and others, according to Bleacher Report. But a backcourt of Isaiah Thomas and Walker would be special. Plus Batum, Lebron James, and Tristan Thompson. That’s legitimate line-up. Add Dwyane Wade and Jeff Green off the bench, too.
Deal Channing Frye to the Mavericks:
Another option for Cleveland would be to make a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. They could go get Wesley Matthews. He is a solid scorer, averaging 12.8 points per game, and has always been a good defender on the perimeter. Exactly what the Cavaliers need right now. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, and/or Smith would be dealt in this scenario. Would it be worth it? Not sure if a starting five of Thomas, Matthews, James, Jae Crowder, and Thompson would be able to defeat the Boston Celtics.
Trade for Another Big Man:
A third potential deal for the Cavs would be to get a big man. Without Love, they’ll need help on the boards. According to NBA.com, and option would be Derrick Favors. He grabs 7.2 rebounds per game. As well as scoring 12.3 points. This deal would mean moving Crowder and Frye. If this trade occurred, the Cavs would send out Thomas, Smith, James, Favors, and Thompson. More of a throwback line-up with traditional big men. They could also play some small ball with inserting Green or Wade.
Go For It All – Deal the Nets Pick:
Lastly, one final possible trade would be going all out and dealing the coveted Brooklyn Nets pick. They’ve been holding on to it tight. But if they want to reach the NBA Finals this year, it may be time to part ways with the lottery pick. They could deal it to the Los Angeles Clippers for De’Andre Jordan and Lou Williams. This would be the most effective deal. Williams and Jordan bring exactly what Cleveland needs. But will Koby Altman, the general manager, have what it takes to pull the trigger?
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