The Cavs have acquired center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince from the Brooklyn Nets as part of the four-team James Harden-deal.
For the second time in a year, the Cavs have fleeced a team in a trade. In February, 11 months ago, the Cavs landed Andre Drummond from the Pistons for a few bad deals. Now the Cavs snuck in through the kitchen and “zoinked” Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince from the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets gutted their franchise to land James Harden, and the Cavs took advantage of their desperation.
The Nets, Rockets Cavaliers, and Pacers were all part of the trade.
The Nets ended up getting Harden but gave up Rodionis Kurucs, Taurean Prince, Caris LeVert, three first-round picks, and four-first round swaps to get Harden. All this while Kyrie Irving remains away from the team for “personal reasons.”
It’s entirely possible that the Nets went all in like they did to get Harden because they are concerned about Irving returning at all.
Allen and Prince went to Cleveland as previously mentioned, but how did the rest of the trade shake out?
The Pacers got LeVert and a second-rounder. While the Rockets got three first-round picks, four-first-round swaps all from the Nets, another first-round pick but this one from the Bucks (via the Cavs), Kurucs, Victor Oladipo, and the Cleveland’s’ Dante Exum.
Exum is currently out with an injury.
The Cavaliers will also waive Thon Maker and Yogi Ferrell to make room for the new additions.
The Cavs now have a surplus of bigs with centers Drummond, Allen, and JaVale McGee, as well as Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love at power forward.
This trade will help the team in the short-term too, with Prince probably going to get a lot of minutes following the slew of injuries the team has dealt with.