The Cleveland Cavaliers need to add a true center if they want to successfully defend their title next season. Several names have floated around, including Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers.
One possible trade scenario involves mercurial shooting guard J.R. Smith. The 30-year-old shooting guard, who averaged 12.4 points on top of 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season, has yet to sign a new contract.
Smith, who played a big role in Cleveland’s title run last season, is reportedly asking for $15 million. However, the Cavaliers appear unwilling to give into his demand. The situation could affect the Cavaliers next season.
Even if they successfully re-sign Smith, there is a chance that he could be included in a possible trade for Noel, Aaron Ferguson of King James Gospel revealed. Smith for Noel is enough? Maybe not.
A one-for-one deal will not be enough, which could force the Cavaliers to add more pieces. However, they might not have the assets the 76ers want in exchange for Noel. This means that they need to be more creative by convincing other teams to join the negotiation.
How About Noel for Iman Shumpert, Mo Williams?
If the deal involving Smith is not too enticing for Philadelphia, the Cavaliers have another option. They could get Noel in exchange for Iman Shumpert and Mo Williams along with one future first-round pick or two.
Shumpert will improve their defense and could be a good complement to rookie Ben Simmons. Williams could be added to the deal just for salary purpose. The 76ers could eventually waive him, especially after Cleveland.com reported that Williams is strongly considering retirement.
The Cavaliers will keep Smith through this deal and will improve their frontline with Noel as their rim protector. Noel’s arrival will also let Tristan Thompson play his natural position as power forward, backing up Kevin Love.