The Cleveland Cavaliers have been stealing most of the headlines over the last couple of weeks but only for the wrong reasons, as problems have been quickly emerging on the Q amidst Isaiah Thomas’ return to the hardwood.
Cleveland has been horrid in the offensive end of the floor and hasn’t been able to stop teams above .500, with teammates pointing fingers at each other and both Thomas and Kevin Love being blamed for the team’s recent struggles.
Also, the team’s front office is kind of desperate knowing that there’s a huge sign LeBron James leaves at the end of this campaign, and with the kind of performances they’re getting out of their other players, it’s kind of hard to think they may convince the King to stay put.
Either way, they still have to try and make a run this season to reach their 4th NBA Finals in a row, but they seem to need different personnel to get the job done despite entering the season as one of the most stacked teams we’ve seen in a long time.
Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 players that can save LeBron James and his Cavs this season.
5. Lou Williams
Lou Williams has been in the Cavs radar throughout the entire campaign, and he’s looked like he’s young again and has been quite unstoppable for the Los Angeles Clippers, either off the bench or starting due to all the injuries they’ve suffered.
Sweet Lou is pretty much a lock to be dealt this year as he hasn’t committed to re-signing with the Clippers, and he could really provide a lot of offensive spark off the bench alongside Dwyane Wade and help this team get things done offensively for the second unit.
4. Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis has been snubbed from the entire Association all season long but truth to be told, he could be a major addition for Cleveland on a vet min deal alongside Dwyane Wade in the second unit, and we all know he’d be thrilled to get the chance to make a comeback.
Ellis is a proven veteran and a fierce scorer and playmaker, and even though he’s not as explosive as he used to be, he’d still be a very good asset for a team desperately craving scoring off the bench while James rests.
3. Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel has barely played this season due to Rick Carlisle’s lack of confidence in him and a hand injury, but he’s still a lock to be moved prior to the trade deadline with the Mavs desperate to get anything out of the injury prone big man.
Still, he’s got the kind of upside that can make him an attractive asset for the team’s future, and he’d be deadly in the pick and roll besides LeBron. So, the Cavs could offer a 2nd round pick alongside Iman Shumpert for him.
2. Marco Belinelli
The Atlanta Hawks have been terrible (as expected) the whole season and they need to offload as many veterans as they can while they’re still on contract in order to continue their rebuilding process with young talents.
Belinelli is set to become a free agent, hence, they need to move him as soon as possible to get anything out of him, and he’d be thrilled with the idea of playing for a title contender. Marco is a deadly shooter and a slightly better version of JR Smith, so he could even start for the Cavs if they offer a couple 2nd rounders to get him.
1. DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan has also been in the team’s radar throughout the entire campaign as rumors state he’s not happy with the Clippers organization and he won’t extend his stay at the Staples Center, and with Blake Griffin being sent to Detroit those rumors have only become stronger.
Even though his shot block numbers have taken a major dip, Jordan is still an elite defensive player and rim protector, something the Cavs have lacked the whole season, and Los Angeles would easily trade him for Channing Frye, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets pick.