Now, this is the trade I think helps the Cavs the most, even if it’s not the most obvious. This is a trade that gets made when the Cavs have given up on Caris LeVert as well, and decide to ship him elsewhere in a separate deal. Dealing both Sexton and LeVert is far more preferable to moving Sexton and keeping LeVert.
I’m also willing to add Isaac Okoro to the deal if need be. The idea is you get a point-forward, defensive wing Deni Avdija who can replace Okoro and be a better all-around offensive player than Okoro, while being a bit better defensively. Corey Kispert gives the Cavs a solid three-point shooting prospect, while Rui Hachimura gives the Cavs depth at small and power forward.
Not to mention a viable option if Kevin Love leaves in 2023.
Now, I know Ian Mahinmi is retired, but his contract can still be traded for some reason, so that’s what we’re doing. Mahinmi will stay retired and the team would likely wave Taj Gibson, as he won’t get any minutes on the Cavaliers.
For the Wizards, they get a guard they covet in Collin Sexton, a point-forward who can lead their second-unit in Cedi Osman, plus two defensive-minded players in Okoro and Dylan Windler, as well as a catch-all forward in Lamar Stevens. If Windler can work his shot out, he could be a starter for the Wizards.
Now, this trade works for the Cavs, due to the production of the three younger guys coming over. They work because none of them are All-Star caliber guys in Washington. Hachimura can’t stay healthy, Kispert might never be a 40% shooter and Avdija has been so misused in Washington it’s not even funny.
The Wizards need guys who can be stars, and Sexton gives them that guy. The three guys on the other side of things don’t make the Wizards good enough while they have Bradley Beal, which is why you put them in a deal for Sexton.
You have a better chance of getting more out of Sexton and Okoro if you’re Washington than you do Avdija and Hachimura, and with the logjam at guard, the Cavs need a focus on forwards and they get that in this deal.