Following the trade of Rudy Gay, we covered how his trade could impact the Cleveland Cavaliers by assisting the Sacramento Kings. An improved Kings team could lead their draft pick 13th or worse which would give the pick the the Cavs. Since the trade the Raptors have been rumored to be interested in moving a few players including Kyle Lowery, Greivis Vasquez (acquired in the Gay deal) and DeMar DeRozan. The Raptors could be looking to strip down the team’s future salaries and reduce their win total to tank for a high draft pick in 2014.
The Cavs would be unlikely to make a move for Lowery or Vasquez but DeRozan could be a very intriguing option. DeRozan, a 6’7″ shooting guard, signed a 4 year, $40 million dollar deal that runs through the 2016-17 season. DeRozan is in his 5th season after being drafted 9th overall by the Raptors. Last season DeRozan averaged 18.1 points per game, almost 4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. DeRozan did so averaging about 37 minutes a game shooting 45% from the field but only 28% from the 3 point line.
The Cavaliers, who are always on the look out for a talent upgrade, should kick the tires on DeRozan. At 6’7″ he would give the Cavs a taller option at the 2 guard spot as well as a small ball small forward. DeRozan’s historically low 3 pt percentage is a huge negative as a fit with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson but he has improved to 43% in the current short season. His length, defense and athleticism would pair well with Irving, and if he can continue his 3 pt development could be a core piece for now and into the future.
A trade for DeRozan would require the inclusion of Dion Waiters and perhaps Anthony Bennett, returning to his home city, as well as possibly a draft pick. Combined Waiters and Bennett’s salaries would come close to equaling DeRozan’s meaning the Cavs could still have the cap space necessary to sign a max level player this off-season.Could a core of Irving, DeRozan and Thompson be enough to draw a high level player to man the 3 spot? Would giving up Waiters and Bennett for DeRozan somehow be a net positive for the team? Are the Raptors even interested in moving DeRozan and what would it take? Cavs fans what say you?