The Cleveland Cavaliers need a big move this offseason.
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not finish the 2023 NBA season the way they wanted to. They got bounced by a mediocre team in the New York Knicks, who later got demolished by the Miami Heat. The Cavs couldn’t muster an offense with the team they had around their core four, and the Knicks got beat by a team that just shoots better.
The Cavs need to not only upgrade the bench but find a starting small forward for the team who can play solid defense, and shoot solid splits from the floor. We’re not asking for a 50/40/95 type, but someone who can shoot over 40% from the floor, above 35% from three, and north of 80% from the free-throw line.
Being able to play solid defense is key. That’s a big one. Now, all three of these players will likely only be had by way of a sign-and-trade, so that means assets going back to get them. Since all three are on disappointing teams, and all three are over 30 and over, it shouldn’t cost anywhere as much as it did to land Donovan Mitchell.
That’s why the core pieces in all three trades would be Caris LeVert (a sign and trade move), Isaac Okoro, and Dylan Windler would all be involved. LeVert and Windler would need to be re-signed, while Okoro’s option would need to be picked up.
The Cavs would then send over three to five second-round draft picks over the next few years depending on who the Cavs agree to trade for.
Some of you may not want to believe your favorite players on this list could be had for the price that’s being offered, but it’s very possible, especially with the ages of everyone involved. Also, keep in mind the Cavs still have their full mid-level exception, as well as the draft rights to a few players who have yet to debut.
The team could have gems in Luke Travers and Khalifa Diop, coupled that with Ricky Rubio, Cedi Osman, Danny Green and you could realistically have a much better team in 2023-2024 than they had even in 2021-2022.