Source: Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report
We’re back with Greg Swartz for this three-team deal. Trust us when we say we went through dozens of trade proposals, yet Swartz had the only ones worth checking out. In this scenario, Andre Drummond heads off to Toronto this time, while Toronto sends G/F Norman Powell, F/C Aron Baynes, F Stanely Johnson, and SG Patrick McCaw to Denver. In turn, Denver sends Garry Harris and a lottery-protected first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
This trade does not excite me as much as the first, but the first-round pick is nice. Though, in the NBA, draft picks are highly overrated after the top 10, usually. There are always good players after the lottery ends, but again, they’re not on anyone’s radar and come out of nowhere most times. More than likely the pick will fall in the 20’s and the Cavs will walk away with a player who either never produces or never even suits up for them.
The Raptors get a guy they’re rumored to want, so this trade works for them. The Nuggets don’t really benefit from this trade, making it unlikely to happen. Norman Powell is averaging 16 points per game, but the Nuggets are already one of the best offenses in the league. There are only so many possessions in a game. The team needs help defensively and Powell, at best, is slightly below average on that side of the court.
Stanley Johnson and Aron Baynes are upgrades on defense, sure, but they take minutes away from better offensive players. The days of being able to play 4-on-5 offensively are gone. This isn’t the early 2000’s anymore, where you can get away with offensive black holes. Teams are too good, and the top teams in the league will just overwhelm you to the point that one good defender doesn’t really make an impact.
Patrick McCaw is hurt and is an unknown at this point.
The Cavs are getting a fine player in Gary Harris but he’s not better than what they already have. Taking him on isn’t going to improve the team’s play. Plus, the Cavs will have to eat $20 million for the 2021-2022 season. If the Cavs were hoping to get both Drummond and Love off the books this year, it makes no sense, considering they could just let Drummond walk and rid themselves of his nearly $30 million deal. The late-first round pick isn’t worth taking on Harris’ deal.
Especially if the goal is to clear cap space.