The Cleveland Cavaliers lost key players this offseason, including Timofey Mozgov and Sasha Kaun. Their departure left a gaping hole on their frontline rotation. Can they address the issue before the new season begins?
According to Aaron Ferguson of King James Gospel, the Cavaliers should make a run at Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat. The 32-year-old center could help Cleveland on both ends of the floor.
“Gortat is a 6-foot-11 center that isn’t afraid of contact in the post,” Ferguson wrote. “He is a well-rounded center with a good offensive game, rebounding skills and will hold his own on the defensive end, better than what the current Cavs have to offer.”
Gortat, who will be entering his 10th season in the league, averaged 13.5 points and 9.9 rebounds on top of 1.3 blocks per game last season. The veteran center still has three years left in his five-year, $60 million contract with the Wizards.
If the Cavaliers decide to pursue Gortat, they will have to give up costly assets in return. One possible trade scenario involves three players from Cleveland and a future draft pick.
The Cavaliers could get Marcin Gortat along with Jarrell Eddie in exchange for Iman Shumpert, Chris Andersen, Mo Williams and a 2019 second-round pick. According to the report, this deal will not violate salary cap rules.
The Cavaliers will get the center that they need, pushing Tristan Thompson back to his sixth-man role and as a power forward. On the other hand, Washington will get good defenders in Shumpert and Andersen.
However, it is worth noting that the deal cannot happen until Dec. 15 because Andersen was signed just this summer. Cleveland might be forced to tweak the package by then if Williams decide to retire this week.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Williams is strongly considering retirement. The 33-year-old played in just 41 games last season, where he averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists in 18.2 minutes per game.