The Cleveland Cavaliers are really struggling to get anything going in both ends of the floor and just when things were looking quite bad, Kevin Love suffers a hand injury that’s likely to keep him sidelined for a couple of months.
If the team’s defensive woes weren’t enough to make everybody around the franchise be quite concerned regarding the team’s future, LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas are pretty much a lock to leave for free at the end of the season.
Having said that, and considering Brooklyn is likely to finish near the bottom of the standings, the pick they acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal plays a vital role in the team’s plans, as trading it could be deadly as they could land a top-tier talent for the future.
But, with Cleveland still trying to make the most out of LeBron, they may think and deal with it to try and make the last NBA Finals run while the King is still in the castle. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 deals they could get for it.
5. Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle
The Los Angeles Lakers are keen to clear cap space to make a run at some top-tier talents of the likes of Paul George and LeBron James during the offseason, so adding a top 10 draft pick to the mix would only be better for the team’s future.
Cleveland doesn’t want to rent players and need youngsters willing to commit for the long term, so landing Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and maybe even Larry Nance Jr would be a great deal for both parties. The Lakers would get the pick + Channing Frye.
4. Marc Gasol
The Memphis Grizzlies need to move their best players as soon as possible, with the season already being flushed down the drain and not being in a position to compete for at least 3 or 4 seasons.
Marc Gasol is their most valuable asset right now and even though they seem reluctant to part ways with him, he’s not getting any younger and his value drops by the second. So, Memphis would thrive getting the Nets pick and Frye as well.
3. Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside has been quite uncomfortable in the Miami Heat for a long time, and the 4th quarter benching plus Bam Adebayo’s surge haven’t done much to change this unpleasant situation.
Also, Whiteside’s ego seems way too big but considering he can be the rim protector they’ve crave so much, it wouldn’t be a bad deal to try and tame his temper while sending Miami the pick and Frye.
2. Aaron Gordon
The Orlando Magic keep on consistently embarrassing themselves and being one of the worst franchises in all competitive sports, and it seems that they’re quietly trying to shop their best young player: Aaron Gordon.
Aaron Gordon has the kind of talent to become the team’s franchise player following the post LeBron James era, and he’s more than ready to contribute out of the gate. Once again, they’d send Frye to the Magic as well as the Nets pick that’s likely to be totally wasted due to their terrible scouting.
1. Nikola Vucevic
Truth to be told, the Orlando Magic are on a prime position to make a couple of trades with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they can’t pull Gordon out of the trade block if they feel like they’re not getting good value out of the youngster.
Cleveland, on the other hand, still needs a big man, and even though Nikola Vucevic isn’t exactly the kind of hard-nosed defender they may need, he can score in bunches and help with their rebounding woes. Obviously, the deal would include the pick and guess who? Frye.