Chad Ford has been doing a Tank Rank article for Insiders, read costs money, on teams that he believes are tanking for draft day ping pong balls. He notes how they are doing going for that direction and what may change. Today’s he looked at who might be buying and why. Lets see what he says about the Cavaliers:
7. Cleveland Cavaliers | Status: Trying | Record: 20-33 (2-0)
The Cavs have a testy owner and an interim GM running the ship. There is still a belief among ownership that this team can turn it around and make the playoffs; they’ve been 4-0 since firing GM Chris Grant. If they go for a playoff push, Dion Waiters and potentially their No. 1 pick in this year’s draft will be the trade bait to secure another veteran to help make a run. Veteran Jarrett Jack is also available and, according to a report by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk, a Jack-for-Jason Terry swap is a possibility. However, sources say that interim GM David Griffin is exploring another path as well. WithLuol Deng miserable in Cleveland, it might be time for the Cavs to trade him, move back into the hunt for the No. 1 pick and rebuild this roster over the summer. If the Cavs get a good offer for Deng, it may make much more sense for the long-term health of the franchise
Its interesting to note that Ford still thinks Waiters in on the market. Obviously Jack has been a part of many trade rumors over the last 24 hours as he should be given his contract and standing with the team. His value for another team is much like much greater then with the Cavs. Moving Deng is still an option, even if the team still wants to strive for the playoffs. Trading Deng to the Suns for 2 first rounders and Okafor’s contract could allow them to move Okafor in a separate deal right away to replenish the Deng spot and get another first in ’14. Even if they don’t replace Deng that could allow them to play CJ Miles at the small forward spot and start Waiters to give the Cavs an explosive backcourt.
Which path do you think the Cavs should take? Stay? Sell? Buy? or Tank? Does the build up to this deadline excite you? How do you think the 4-0 record going into the break has effected your expectations?