The last trade idea comes in the form of a rumor, this time from Bleacher Report, and a trade idea by yours truly. Apparently, the Cleveland Cavaliers have an interest in John Collins, but to what degree we’re not sure. Now, trading for a big man over a wing is certainly a decision that many won’t agree with, if no wing can be had that the team really wants, then why not Collins?
If you have to give up too much to get a Bojan Bogdanovic, or someone similar, why would you take less at the wing position when you likely won’t upgrade the position beyond what you have? Caris LeVert, Cedi Osman, and Isaac Okoro are no slouches and can start for an NBA Finals team. They can be upgraded sure, but if you can’t get a clear upgrade at wing, don’t settle for less.
The Cavs need help at the low post because Robin Lopez isn’t going to make this team better if he were forced into minutes. The Cavs currently have Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, Kevin Love, and Dean Wade. Assuming LeVert gets traded and maybe Okoro, you’d still have the room to play Wade at the three, while allowing Collins to be a big off the bench next to Love.
It isn’t the team’s biggest need, but a backup big is a need. Collins is a double-double guy and could be a dynamic force against most teams’ second unit. Not only that, but he’s quick enough to play the perimeter in Cleveland, so he could move between power and small forward as needed.
It isn’t the ideal trade but if you’re giving up LeVert or LeVert and Okoro, I think you make this trade if you can’t find a three-point shooter who’s better than what you already have on the roster.