The Cavs end
Frankly, the Cavs need some stable players. Especially stable in the two-way game, which both Patrick Beverly and Ivica Zubac do very well. Zubac may not be the most athletic defender out there but he’s shown a great willingness to put his butt on the block and force other big men to go through him. That’s pretty necessary when you’re playing down low. Zubac’s offensive game is also pretty unique. He’s not Nikola Jokic or anything but he can be a double-double player with enough touches and minutes.
While Beverly may not excite as many people as he does this particular writer, it’s worth noting that Beverly is arguably the best perimeter defender in the NBA and that’s saying something considering how undersized he is. He’s an instant upgrade over Darius Garland as a starter and brings a toughness that other guards on the Cavs don’t bring.
Sure, he’s a bit overpaid and he isn’t exactly the most efficient offensive player but if you draft Deni Avdija and have him play with Beverly, all the ball-dominant stuff would be in Avdija’s hands. That, or you could have Collin Sexton serve more as the primary ball-handler next to Beverly. Either way, the defense will be better and you’d have a younger, cheaper option in the low-post.
Plus the Cavs get out from under Drummonds contract, frees up cap room, and gives the Cavs two far more manageable trade assets in Beverly and Rodney McGruder’s contracts.