Yesterday we covered that new Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin said the Cavs will be buyers at the trade deadline, not sellers. Like any good transaction there must be a few key aspects: Buyer, Seller, Assets for both teams and an agreement. We have noted that the Cavs will be buyers, we will review who the sellers might be and assets from the sellers team that the Cavs may be interested in. Today we want to look at the Cavaliers’ assets that they might use to buy from the seller, what is their currency. Some assumptions must be made based on the idea that the team plans to be buyers not sellers.
Players - The Cavaliers players fall into a couple categories. 1) Has Value But Won’t Be Trade, 2) Has Value Take a Big Offer, 3) Value Around the League Not As High as Value to the Cavs, 4) Tradable, 5) Contract is Valued, 6) Little Value
Has Value But Won’t Be Trade - Kyrie Irving
Has Value Take a Big Offer - Luol Deng, Anderson Varejao
Value Around the League Not As High as Value to the Cavs - Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett
Tradeable - Jarrett Jack, CJ Miles, Tyler Zeller
Contract is Valued - Earl Clark, Alonzo Gee
Little Value - Matthew Dellavadova, Sergey Karasev, Henry Sims, Carrick Felix
Draft Picks – While the Cavaliers traded away a number of draft selection, none of which are guaranteed to be a first rounder, in the Luol Deng move the Cavs still have a number of draft pick assets that they can move.
2014 - Cavaliers 1st rounder. Magic, Grizzlies and Cavaliers 2nd rounders
2015 - Cavaliers, Grizzlies (If between 6 and 14) and Heat (top 10 protection) first rounders. Cavaliers 2nd rounder
2016 - Cavaliers first rounder and Heat/Grizzlies picks if not conveyed in ’15. Cavaliers 2nd rounder
2017 - Cavaliers first rounder and Grizzlies (Top 5 protection) if not conveyed in ’15 or ’16. Cavaliers 2nd rounder
Next 4 years - Overall in the next 4 years the Cavs should have 6 first rounders and 6 second rounders that they can use to make trade.
We know the Cavs will be buyers. We now have a good look at the assets that they have to buy. Who or what draft pick are you willing to move? Did we categorize any players different then you would of? Next we will look at team’s who are sellers, how motivated they will be and what they might be looking for in return. Then we will look at certain players the Cavs could look to acquire from the sellers. Is there a player you have your eye on?