The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a very rough offseason, struggling to make any noise whatsoever in free agency, losing their General Manager and now on the verge of trading their best player: Kyrie Irving.
All of that has come after losing for the 2nd time in 3 years against the Golden State Warriors, and considering how complicated it seemed to end their dominance, things aren’t looking any better for the Cavs with all those rumours stating that LeBron James would reportedly be also on his way out at the end of this year.
So, even if they wind up keeping both players, or at least LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a very rough path ahead of them, and their new management should focus on pairing their already competitive squad with some of the best players in the Association if they intend to have their vendetta against Curry and his buddies.
Of course, almost everybody wants to play alongside LeBron James as an instant free ride to the NBA Finals, but would the Cavs actually manage to ink them to long term deals? Let’s take a look at 3 guys that they might as well land if they play their cards right.
3. DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins has been a long time target for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as one of the most talented, dominant, skilled and versatile big men in the Association nowadays, and a significant upgrade over their current starting center Tristan Thompson, as the Canadian can’t do much but dominate the offensive glass.
With the standout center just entering his prime and the fact that even if he has a shot at making the playoffs alongside Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, it’s very likely that he rathers go to Cleveland, but that won’t happen unless New Orleans struggles on the early going or they wait until Free Agency to ink him on a long term deal.
The only way that Cleveland Cavaliers can get DeMarcus Cousins is if they want to trade Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving.
2. Andrew Wiggins
Not so long ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers actually drafted Andrew Wiggins with the 1st overall pick just to send him to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange of Kevin Love as the missing piece on their big three to enter win-now mode with LeBron James back in town and Kyrie Irving playing outstanding basketball.
Now, several reports state that the Cavs want to tie him once again after Kyrie Irving could see a move to the Minnesota Timberwolves with good eyes as he reportedly wants to play next to Jimmy Butler. Wiggins is still to reach his ceiling and has a lot of upsides, and he could be a great addition next to LeBron James, but spacing would be a huge concern considering his shot still seems kind of broken.
Minnesota Timberwolves need to send more players with Andrew Wiggins because Kyrie Irving is one of the best players in the league.
1. Kristaps Porzingis
And last but not least, we get the New York Knicks standout prospect and a cornerstone of their new project: Kristaps Porzingis. A lot has been said about him wanting to leave the Knicks, especially with his biggest buddy Carmelo Anthony also eager to play elsewhere, although those rumors were mostly shut down after the franchise decided to cut ties with Phil Jackson.
Specifically, the Cavaliers are eyeballing New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis, according to ESPN reports. At just 22 years old in only his second season, Kristaps scored 18.1 points per game on 45% shooting with 7.2 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Drafted 4th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Kristaps is widely regarded as one of the best young talents the league has to offer.
Nonetheless, some insiders have reported that the Latvian has emerged as a primary target for the Cleveland Cavaliers, now that it has been revealed that Kyrie would also like to play in his hometown as the Knicks new franchise player.
Of course, the Cavs would also have to absorb Joakim Noah’s horrid contract, but considering that they could land one of the most promising prospects in the NBA in Kristaps, they would be dumb not to accept that clause.
Latest Report: Sadly for the Cavaliers, sources claim that New York is “uninterested” in trading their young big man in any trade talks for Kyrie Irving, meaning the Cavs’ most coveted trade target is off the market for good.