Marc Stein posted a column early this morning on trade news making the rounds while he was out in Nevada for the D-League showcase. He hits on Kyle Lowry, Andre Miller, Tyson Chandler and talks about the Ryan Gomes trade out of Oklahoma. Most importantly for Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans is the rumors regarding shooting guard Arron Afflalo. Stein reports:
Orlando, meanwhile, continues to give the same stiff-arm to teams registering interest in shooting guard Arron Afflalo. The difference there, though, is that some rival clubs aren’t convinced that the Magic’s stance is as absolute as the Knicks’ stance is with Chandler. Has Afflalo played well enough, in this breakout half-season, that the Magic will eventually be offered a first-round pick closer to the deadline that can pry Afflalo loose? The reality is that no one is giving up first-round picks these days — such is the lure of the 2014 draft — but 40 days is a long time.
A first round pick, specifically in 2014, is a highly valuable commodity. Currently no one is willing to sacrifice such a high currency for Afflalo even during a solid season. Afflalo represents a above average defender and a good 3 point shooter whose scoring average has risen every year since he entered the league. At 28 he is in his prime and is signed through at least next season for just under $8 million dollars a year. He has a player option after next season that could make him a valuable free agent.
For the Cavaliers Afflalo could round out a very solid starting lineup and give depth to the rotation. Depending on who the Cavs would have to give up, we covered some of this yesterday, the bench could be a strong suit moving forward. Take a look at the proposed Starting 5 and their backups with Afflalo.
Kyrie Irving – Arron Afflalo – Luol Deng – Tristan Thompson – Anderson Varejao
Jarrett Jack (if not traded) – Dion Waiters – CJ Miles – Anthony Bennett – Tyler Zeller
Matthew Dellavedova would be inserted into Jack’s spot if he was moved in the trade.
Besides the struggling Bennett, who still could improve this season and should be in the rotation next year, that is a solid mix of 10 players for what would be a top 4 seed in the East and could at least make the Heat or Pacers sweat in a series.
All of that may be available for the cost of next years pick and matching salaries. Who says no? With no guarantees about who is coming out in the draft next year is a pick outside of the lottery worth that much?