A new Cavs trade rumor seems to indicate the team could move Darius Garland.
If the right trade package comes along, say goodbye to Darius Garland. A new Cavs trade rumor has Darius Garland available but only for the right price. In fact, saying he’s available isn’t exactly accurate as the report doesn’t specify that he’s being shopped around. The Cavaliers would just think long and hard if they did in fact get an offer for him.
As Chris Crouse of FortyEightMinutes reported;
"The former No. 5 overall isn’t untouchable in trade talks, though Cleveland would likely need a substantial package to let go of him, one rival executive tells FortyEightMinutes."
Add Garland to the likes of Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, and half of the 1989 Cavaliers as players that GM Koby Altman would part ways with for the right deal. Each player mentioned (save for the ’89 Cavs, ‘cus that was a joke), has been rumored to be in trade packages at some point over the last eight months. While guys like Nance aren’t likely to go anywhere, Sexton was at one point a highly sought-after piece. It now appears that the Cavaliers are deadset on going into 2021-2022 as is.
Trading Darius Garland would have made more sense before the draft
Trading away Garland now isn’t exactly the smartest move right now.
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The time to trade him was before the 2021 NBA Draft when the Cavs could’ve gotten Jalen Suggs or Josh Giddey in the draft to replace him. It stands to reason that if the right team came calling with an offer that the Cavaliers may have been able to fleece someone for a first-round draft pick.
Maybe not a Top 10 pick, but Garland is young enough and showed enough growth in year two that a mid-to-late first-rounder could’ve been had in return.
Now that the draft has passed, however, the Cavs don’t have enough point guards without Garland. Heck, they barely have enough with Garland, as Ricky Rubio is the only pure point guard on the team besides Garland.
Considering the free-agent point guard market is pretty bare at the moment, the lack of interest among the remaining free agents have in coming to Cleveland currently and the restrictions that are currently on the Cavs financially, there isn’t anyone worth having to replace Garland.
Unless the trade is for a bonafide All-Star quality player, trading Garland at this point and time makes very little sense.