The Cleveland Cavaliers off-season won’t start for a little while but that doesn’t stop us from looking forward to what could happen. We will look at every team in the NBA, starting from the worst record to the best, and one player from each team that the Cavs could trade for. The player would have to be somewhat available, Kevin Durant is getting traded, a trade that would be approved by the NBA will be presented and the player would have to fit with the Cavaliers. We start with the Milwaukee Bucks:
Player – Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders is an athletic, defensive presence. He stands 6’11″ with long arms and pogo stick legs. This season Sanders only played in 23 games due to suspension and injuries. The previous year, in 71 games, Sanders averaged 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks to go along with 9.8 points per games. That huge breakout year led the Bucks to sign Sanders to a 4 year deal that kicks in this upcoming season for a total of $44 million.
Fit With Cavaliers
The Cavs have a huge need for a rim protector. While Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson are quality defenders they are more floor bound defenders. Adding a player that can clean up mistakes of the guards and wings will anchor Mike Brown‘s, or whoever the coach is, defense. Sanders improved his offensive game and will continue to develop in that area. He would give Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters an alley oop partner that has been missing on offense. Sanders can play the Tyson Chandler role for a team with great offensive play from the 2 guards positions. If the Cavs decide to start Anthony Bennett at the 4 the Cavs can surround the defensive minded Sanders with 3 offensive minded players. That would leave Thompson to play with Varajao and the offensive minded Tyler Zeller.
Why the Bucks Could Trade Him
Sanders has been a nucklehead with a number of poor choices. He has only had 1 good season and got injured this past season. The Bucks were just sold as well and the new owners may want to lose the big contract for a player who is under achieving. If the Bucks get a top level pick they could select Joel Embiid to fill the Sanders role.
The Cleveland Cavaliers trade Anderson Varejao, Scotty Hopson and either Memphis Grizzlies or Miami Heat pick for Larry Sanders.
The Bucks can cut both Varejao and Hopson with very little owed to them saving the new owners a great deal of money while adding a pick that could be a big get in the following year’s draft. The Bucks could try to also unload O.J. Mayo with the Cavs adding in Alonzo Gee and others but the Cavs could balk at that and take away the first round pick to do so.
The Bucks get out from a ton of money to a player who hasn’t proven he can keep it together emotionally or physically while adding a pick that could be lottery level in a year. The Cavs get a rim protector for the backend of their defense that can be an athletic offensive player. The Cavs will have to be certain they can create a better locker room culture then they did last year before they add Sanders.
What do you think about Sanders and his fit with the Cavs? How much would you give up to get him? How much does his emotional issues worry you?
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