In my last article, I dove in on how the Cavs can improve for next year with better schemes, rotations, and player development.
In the second, and final part of this Cavs series, I will talk about how they can improve through free agency, and the NBA draft.
- Trade Kevin Love to the Sixers
Deal: Kevin Love, Darius Garland, and 2020 second round pick for Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson
Before I begin, shoutout to nba.analysis.2020 on Instagram for suggesting the Sixers as a possible trade destination.
This is a match made in heaven.
The Sixers desperately need floor spacing for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and the Cavs have been trying to trade Love for the last two seasons.
Tobias Harris is just a salary matcher and a replacement for Love, while Richardson is the two way player the Cavs desperately need.
Imagine a lineup of Collin Sexton, Richardson, Kevin Porter Jr, Harris, and Andre Drummond. That lineup has a lot of potential. However, the most interesting part of this trade is Darius Garland.
I mentioned in the last article that a Sexton-Garland backcourt simply won’t work out. Now, he can start fresh with a Sixers team that could use his playmaking and shooting off the bench, or in the starting lineup.
- Trade down, draft Auburn’s Isaac Okoro
This 2020 draft class is particularly weak, and the Cavs are more than likely to have a top five pick. They do not have a need at guard so drafting Anthony Edwards or LaMelo Ball, does not make sense.
They are set at center, so drafting James Wiseman isn’t the option. So, it is logical for them to trade down and draft Auburn two way Isaac Okoro.
Okoro’s defensive potential is unmatched, as he is a tenacious defender, and averaged a steal and a block for Auburn this year. He is also an efficient scorer averaging 13 PPG on 51.4% shooting. His three point game needs work, but his defensive prowess is what this Cavs team needs.
- Add shooters
The Cavs were 22nd in the NBA in three point shooting percentage at 35.1 percent. That is decent, but it can be better.
In free agency, they can add some cheap veteran shooters like Justin Holiday and Marvin Williams. In today’s NBA, where shooting is so vital, this is important for the Cavs to have.
This concludes the Cavs improvement series. Will the Cavs pull off any of these moves during the offseason? I suppose we’ll find out soon.
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