Looking at NBA Analysis’ Celtics, Cavs and Warriors trade proposal

The folks at NBA Analysis has an interesting trade proposal between the Celtics, Cavaliers, and Warriors that feature the Cavs’ Andre Drummond.

The Cleveland Cavaliers should seriously consider trading Andre Drummond, and the folks at the NBA Analysis seems to agree. In their scenario, the Cavs, Celtics, and Warriors agree on a three-team deal that sees three big names get swapped for one another, plus some movement in the draft for the Warriors and Cavaliers.

Cavaliers Get
Andrew Wiggins
Kevon Looney
No. 2 Overall
Celtics Get
Andre Drummond
Warriors Get
Gordon Hayward
Larry Nance Jr.
Enes Kanter
No. 5

Firstly, the Cavs should not make a move for Andrew Wiggins. His contract is an albatross around the neck of any team that takes it on. Staying away from him is priority number one. The second issue with this trade is moving on from Larry Nance Jr. While he’s not the most versatile big man, the Cavs don’t have many anymore, and they trade away Drummond, then they’ll be down to just Kevin Love, Jordan Bell, and new addition Kevon Looney. The other fact is that the Cavs would more than likely draft James Wiseman.

That takes us to issue three, don’t draft Wiseman. The pick the team needs to make is for Deni Avdija, a playmaking, do-it-all-wing, that would be an instant upgrade over every other shooting guard/small forward on the team. Now, if they move up the board is to get Avdija, go do it. That just doesn’t seem to be the case here, however.

Here’s a better version of the trade, one that cuts out the Warriors entirely.

Cavaliers Get
Gordon Hayward
Enes Kanter
Celtics Get
Andre Drummond
Dante Exum

This may not seem like a good trade but it does several things for the Cavs. It gives them an expiring deal with Gordon Hayward, as well as someone who has shown a lot of versatility with the ball in his hands, something the Cavs need. He also stretches the floor and can rebound. He’s not a bad defender but he won’t inspire you if he gets matched up with a Kevin Durant. With Kanter, the team needs a center and if you get Kanter, then you’re getting a walking double-double machine that can really make an impact. Just not defensively. This team already can’t play defense, at least with Kanter you know you have a low post scoring threat.

For the Celtics, they wanted a center in Andre Drummond and they get him, plus another guard if they decide to move on from Marcus Smart.