If the Cleveland Cavaliers want to successfully defend their title next season, most analysts agree they need to make more roster moves. The defending champions are being linked to several players, particularly centers.
According to Aaron Ferguson of King James Gospel, the Cavaliers should pursue Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng. The Cavaliers are looking for a true center and Ferguson said that Dieng is an ideal candidate.
“Dieng is a high-rising shot blocker,” Ferguson noted. “Through his first three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he is averaging 1.3 blocks per game. At 6-foot-11 he is able to reach and explode of the ground with his great athleticism to block and alter shots.”
Dieng, who will be playing in his fourth season in the league, posted 10.1 points to go along with 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. The Cavaliers need a rim protector, following the departure of Timofey Mozgov, who signed a four-year contract worth $64 million with the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, the question is, can Cleveland convince the Timberwolves to part ways with Dieng? Do they have the necessary assets to make the trade for the Senegalese happen?
According to the report, the Cavaliers could acquire Noel in exchange for Channing Frye and Mike Dunleavy. Frye had a decent season in Cleveland last season, as he averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 26 games for the Cavs. Dunleavy, on the other hand, was acquired in a trade this summer, as reported by ESPN.
With Dieng, the Cavaliers will have a more formidable frontline, as he could wreak havoc on defense. He will also let Tristan Thompson play his usual power forward role off the bench.
As for the Timberwolves, they will get additional three-point shooters, which they lack last season. They tallied just 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. Their frontline will still be daunting, featuring 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, Jordan Hill, Nikola Pekovic and veteran Kevin Garnett.