Trading with the Grizzlies for Dillon Brooks or Kyle Anderson
The Grizzlies have put Dillion Brooks and Kyle Anderson on the market, and it appears as though Larry Nance and the Cavs’ 2022 first-round pick may be in play for both of these two as well. These men are certainly worth a look but not for the commanding price of Nance and a first-round pick. Especially not with both men either about to enter, or will soon be entering free agency.
Anderson is in the last year of his deal, worth about $9 million, and Brooks is in the second year of a three-year deal, worth about $11 million per year. Both men’s contracts could be described as being at the limit of what they’re worth but with both men seeking bigger deals in the offseasons after their contracts expire it’d be unwise to acquire them. To retain them would mean overpaying for them. The Cavaliers have got to stop with that practice.
This sets up a problem; what happens if Brooks and/or Anderson come to Cleveland in any sort of trade for Nance and a first-round pick? Do you re-sign them and overpay, or let them walk and hope their one (or two) years in Cleveland help?
They aren’t bad players by any means. They’re both pluses on each side of the court and are fine, but not great from three. Anderson is an undersized power forward but may be too slow to play small forward, while Brooks is a fine small forward, but a small forward with slightly below-average three-point shooting abilities.
On a team like Golden State, that’s not an issue, you have more than enough guys to stretch the court. In Cleveland? You’re going to need to shoot threes because no one else can (or does).