Even though it seems the Cleveland Cavaliers have seemingly shaken off their January slump — going 5-7 in the month — it’s obvious that the Cavs need to make some sort of move before the February trade deadline to silence the critics, especially considering All-Star Kevin Love will be sitting out the next 6-8 weeks with a hand injury.
Cleveland has been linked to several trade targets, including the likes of DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams from the Clippers and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings, the latter of which the Cavs have been mighty close to acquiring.
The Cavaliers have been rumored to be pursuing Hill for the past couple of weeks at least, as they would be adding a veteran point guard who would play much of the same role as Jose Calderon has for the Cavs this season. According to reports, the Kings and Cavaliers were inches away from sealing the deal to send Hill to Cleveland, but head coach Tyronn Lue had an issue with some of the details of the trade, and talks shut down, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
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Lue apparently didn’t want to lose Channing Frye in the deal, as Frye has been on the team since 2015, and provides the squad with much-needed floor-spacing.
“Reports last week had Frye and Iman Shumpert included in the potential deal with Sacramento for the veteran Hill. Lue ultimately didn’t want to lose Frye’s floor-spacing abilities if the trade wasn’t going to make the Cavs significantly better, according to McMenamin.”
Lue is also fond of Frye as he — along with Richard Jefferson when he was still apart of the team — “policed the locker room,” which is something the Cavs cannot afford to lose right now given the state of the team and the drama surrounding them.
It seems that Frye’s job with Cleveland is safe for now thanks to Lue’s blessing, but if the right deal presents itself, you never know what could happen.