The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the strongest rosters in the upcoming 2016-17 NBA season. But they could still make big moves between now and the annual trade deadline in February.
Several Cavaliers trade rumors have floated around over the past several weeks. Most of them involving Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins. But this time, another trade scenario from King James Gospel suggested that the Cavs could acquire Wilson Chandler and Boris Diaw in a three-team trade.
To get Chandler, the Cavaliers will reportedly need to part ways with veteran point guard Mo Williams and a 2020 first-round pick. It is worth noting, though, that Williams might just be a trade filler, as Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported that the 33-year-old point guard is considering retirement.
So why give up a future first-rounder for Chandler? According to the report, acquiring Chandler makes sense for the Cavaliers because superstar LeBron James has played well alongside combo forwards like the 29-year-old.
Chandler averaged 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season. The eight-year veteran still has three-years left in his four-year, $46.5 million contract. The Cavaliers could absorb his salary using the trade exceptions they created in previous deals.
Meanwhile, the report also pointed out that Cleveland could acquire Boris Diaw from the Utah Jazz. The 34-year-old veteran averaged 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 76 games for the San Antonio Spurs last season before getting traded to the Jazz this summer.
Diaw will improve Cleveland’s frontline depth but could be forced to give up Iman Shumpert in the deal. Losing Shumpert could hurt Cleveland, especially if JR Smith signs elsewhere before the new season begins. It could help them financially, though, since is set to receive at last $9.6 million in the next three seasons.
Should the Cleveland Cavaliers pull the trigger on this three-team deal?