So we already know that the Cavs really don’t have a fit for Lillard. He’s not the player the team should be pairing alongside Darius Garland. Garland does a lot of the same things that Lillard does, and the two of them don’t really compliment each other on the court. At least in theory.
The team in this first trade would also be giving up too much for a 32-year-old, oft-injured point guard, who’s expected to begin his downswing.
The Cavs should not be mortgaging their future by trading away all their draft picks for someone who’ll probably be retired by the time the last one comes due. That’s the first issue. The second issue is giving up Lauri Markkanen. The 7’0 Finn really came on strong in the second half of last year and he finally looks like the player the Bulls hoped he was when they traded with Minnesota to acquire him.
Lastly, Collin Sexton, who is on the right team could average 24 points easily. I’d rather have a young, hungry Sexton, than an older Lillard who’d likely be mad about being traded at all. The Cavs may not be getting the Lillard who has the name brand that people still think about when he’s mentioned.
They may be getting someone on the decline.