The Bleacher Report recently published some offseason trades–the ones you’ve never thought of edition, and the suggestion of a potential Cavs moves was intriguing.
Writer Zach Buckley suggested a trade sending Collin Sexton to the Knicks for Obi Toppin, Kevin Knox and the 32nd pick in the draft.
If this offer were there, I wouldn’t think twice about taking it. Toppin only averaged 11 minutes of play as a rookie, but has really put his talent on display in three playoff games.
Knox only averaged 3.8 points per game this season, but is just two seasons removed from averaging 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per night as a 19-year-old rookie. Perhaps a change of scenery is needed for Knox, a 6-foot-7 forward.
I’d make this deal knowing the Knicks are getting the best player in the deal, in Sexton, but as Buckley points out, the former 8th overall pick is about to get expensive and I’d be surprised if the Cavs were to give him a max extension.
Secondly, this move makes the Cavs bigger, and it also creates other options. If they deal Sexton, they could take another guard, such as Jalen Suggs in the draft.
Plus, the addition of Toppin could create another trade avenue. Toppin’s game reminds me a lot of Larry Nance Jr., and the later player just so happens to have some incredibly high trade value.
If you’re a frequent Factory visitor, you read the Cavs were offered multiple first-round picks for Nance last season, however, as Brian Windhorst noted, not all first-round picks are created equal.
I’m not thrilled about eventually trading the fan-favorite Nance, but the Cavs are more than one trade away from fixing this thing. Moving Nance, after bringing aboard Toppin and Knox might help accelerate the rebuild.
Keep in mind Nance is 28, it’s unlikely he’ll be here when this version of the Cavs are finally ready to start winning.