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 started with the Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders now we move on to the Philadelphia 76ers:
Player – Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young is a powerful forward who has improved over the past few seasons with more minutes. This past season Young averaged almost 18 points a game but shot a career low 45% from the field. He also averaged his most 3 pointers per game, just under 4, while expanding his offensive game on a bad team. He also averaged 6 rebounds per game. He is a very offensive oriented forward whose stats may be skewed by the quality of his team. He won’t dominate a game but is a offensive version of Tristan Thompson.
Fit With Cavaliers
The Cavs don’t have a need for another power forward but outside of Nerlens Noel (not going anywhere) and James Anderson (not a huge impact player), Young is the most fitting player that could help the team. Depending on who the coach is, Anthony Bennett could play some small forward giving more time for Young at the 4. Young at PF and Anderson Varejao at the 5 is a good offense/defense partnership. Thompson could be paired up with Tyler Zeller in a similar fashion as well.
Why the 76ers Could Trade Him
The 76ers are in full rebuild mode. They didn’t win much with him and he is owed 2 more seasons at over 8 million dollars. He was inefficient within their bad offense and joined in with their poor defense. With Noel coming back this season and the 6ers having a high 1st round pick, Top 3 likely, and possibly another Top 10 pick from the Pelicans, the team may want to give more run to their young players. Young could get frustrated by the constant losing and want out.
The 76ers can cut both Gee and Hopson and get an asset in return. The Cavs cash in one of their assets but still have a number of them to use in other moves.
The 76ers get out from some money. The Cavs get an offensive player who can help balance out their frontcourt and hedge their best on Bennett. Not a game changer for either team but an upgrade for both teams’ goals.
What do you think about Young, even though he doesn’t fit a huge need for the Cavs?
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