The money works here, but Joe Harris can’t be traded until March 2nd. Since the trade deadline is on March 25th, this gives the Cavs plenty of time to make this deal. While it may seem like the Nets are giving up a lot at first glance, they’re not, at least not for sure. The Cavs would send Andre Drummond and Damyean Dotson to the Nets, who would ship back Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, and Tyler Johnson.
Dinwiddie and Harris would be far too much to give up for Drummond in any other year, but Dinwiddie is out with a torn ACL and who knows what he’ll be like when he comes back. So the real get here is Harris, who’s a three-point shooter, with solid defensive skills on the perimeter.
Two areas the Cavs need to improve.
Cavs fans may remember that Harris was already a Cavalier once, back in the day. So this would be a homecoming of sorts for the sharp-shooting Nets player. Johnson gives the Cavs another body to throw at the perpetual problem that is the starting backcourt but not much else there.
The hope is that Dinwiddie rebounds in 2021-2022, his contract year, and becomes the Cavs starter at point guard. He’s an instant upgrade on both sides of the court than Darius Garland will probably ever be. That is if he returns to form. Even if he doesn’t, you’ll be done with his deal next year and can walk away from him if he doesn’t rebound. Plus, you can then flip Harris if the team is still awful, so there are more potential assets there.
Drummond is an upgrade over DeAndre Jordan and would give them a depth at center. While Jordan isn’t great anymore, he’s probably able to handle a few back-up centers still. Plus this allows the Nets to not rely on Jeff Green at center anymore.
The Nets need help on defense and Drummond offers that. When motivated, Drummond can haul. It works for both teams.