Isaiah Thomas’ Cleveland Cavaliers stint has gotten off to a terrible start, putting season averages of 14.9 points and 4.4 dimes on 35% shooting and 23% from deep, only being able to make 14 appearances.
Also, with the Cavs hitting rock bottom and the locker room kind of broken beyond repair, it feels like most players believe Thomas’ presence has been toxic both on and off the hardwood due to his shot selection and nonexistent defense.
Besides, Thomas hasn’t hesitated to call out his teammates on the media, stating that they don’t trust each other and that they just use him as a scapegoat for all the defensive woes that have hurt the team all season long.
Now, it feels like he’s a lock to leave the team at the end of the season anyway, so Cleveland is exploring trade deals out of him. Today, we’re going to let you know 5 players that would be a better fit for Cleveland than him.
5. George Hill
George Hill was closely linked to a move to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier on the season, mostly because his tenure at Sacramento has also been kind of rough with constant DNP-CDs to let De’Aaron Fox run the offense and develop.
Hill is a proven veteran that can either play off the ball with James leading the way, or take matters into his own hands either starting or in the second unit, and his basketball IQ is definitely higher than Isaiah’s.
4. Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans has been pursuit by at least 5 teams over the last couple of weeks, and given his stellar play, it wouldn’t be crazy to think that Cleveland would be willing to part ways with a couple of picks to land him.
Evans’ offensive spark off the bench could be a major upgrade for a Cavs team needing of flow in the second offense, while his versatility and ability to play and guard 3 different spots make him a very valuable asset.
3. Avery Bradley
Ever since last season, Avery Bradley has become one of the most desired players all over the league, as he’s proven to be one of the peskiest backcourt defenders the league has seen in a while, and his playmaking is also quite an underrated part of his game.
His offensive game has taken a major dip since leaving the Boston Celtics, but considering Cleveland hasn’t been able to stop anybody all season long, his defensive contribution should come really handy at the Q.
2. Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague seems quite comfortable at Minnesota, but with the Timberwolves trying to go young, they shouldn’t hesitate much to part ways with a veteran point guard that has lost most of his offensive firepower.
Still, Teague is a hell of a ball handler and playmaker, and he’d be a much better fit at Cleveland than he is at Minnesota, as he’s a player that needs to get a rhythm going and he’s not getting enough touches with Butler, Towns and Wiggins.
1. Kemba Walker
Truth to be told, this may actually be the most realistic choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Kemba in the trade block and Michael Jordan wanting at least one All-Star in return for their starting point guard.
Apparently, Cleveland is already trying to get Kemba while sending Thomas and a pick to Charlotte, but they don’t want to part ways with that valuable Brooklyn Nets pick that may save the franchise following LeBron James’ departure.