Despite their lack of moves since the NBA season has started, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to close the gap between themselves and the Golden State Warriors, and are apparently bound to make at least one move before the NBA trade deadline before the All-Star break.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Cavs will 'definitely' be making a trade before February 8th to bolster their roster before the second half of the grueling NBA season.
The Cavaliers have had a pretty rough go of things this season, as they currently sit third in the East with a 26-17 record, but have dropped eight of their last 10 games to fellow playoff contenders, including the likes of the Raptors and Celtics, who sit above them in the standings, as well as getting swept in the season series against arch-rivals the Golden State Warriors.
In fact, the Miami Heat, who missed the playoffs last year and just had Dion Waiters go under surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season, are only one game back from the Cavs, and if they indeed do overtake them in the standings, would be a massive smack in the face to both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Cleveland has been rumored to be in talks about a trade for the past two months it seems, with All-Star caliber players such as DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan all mentioned as prime targets for the Cavs before the trade deadline.
The Cavaliers have been known to be major names come the trade deadline period, as since LeBron James returned back in 2014, Cleveland has traded for the likes of former Knicks Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, and sharpshooters Channing Frye and Kyle Korver, all who have proven to be invaluable for the Cavs.
Cleveland also risks losing James come free agency after this season, so if they want to woo him back into staying in Ohio, nothing short of a league-changing trade before Feb. 8 will achieve that.