Could the Washington Wizards be willing to deal their three-point shooter to the Cleveland Cavaliers?
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a three-point shooting small forward. The Washington Wizards are on the verge of accepting their fate as a going-nowhere-roster, with a declining superstar on a bad contract. They need a full tear-down because Bradley Beal was a bad investment. No player in the NBA is worth $50 million per year, especially not Beal.
They need to get as much young talent on the roster as soon as possible which means trade. They don’t have any young players to really have hope about. Deni Avdija is only 22 and hasn’t been given much to work with, but he averaged 9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and nearly 3 assists last year, so there’s something to work with if they’re willing to let him take control of the offense.
But outside of Avidja, there’s not a lot of hope on that roster. That’s why the Wizards need to be open to trading soon-to-be-third-year forward, Corey Kispert. Kispert struggled a bit as a rookie, posting shooting splits of .450/.350/.871. Not terrible splits, but nothing that makes you overly excited.
He showed out as a sophomore, raising his splits to .497/.424/.852. He went from 8.2 points per game to 11.1 points per game as well, showing that he truly shoot the ball. He has a rising ceiling for sure, and if he continues to improve in the NBA, he’ll be a marksman for years to come. So why would the Wizrds trade him?
Well, he’s 24, on a team going nowhere with limited draft picks over the next few years, they need all the help they can get. They don’t have a 2024 first-round pick, and considering they need younger players to rebuild their roster, they could use a few more seconds.
So kudos to Bleacher Report for picking up this trade idea.
From the Bleacher Report article;
"The Cavaliers don’t have a first-round pick to part with, but if the Wizards enter into a rebuild, Cleveland can offer four second-rounders to help its efforts.Injecting Kispert’s floor-spacing into a starting lineup with Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen would be a huge boost for this offense next season."
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a player like Corey Kispert
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a player like Kispert, who is an effective shooter. He hasn’t shown to be great on defense, but then again the Wizards aren’t a great team, so who knows what Kispert could be like in a Cleveland defense that includes Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, Isaac Okoro, and Ricky Rubio.
Frankly, what Kispert brings to the table is the exact thing that the Cavs need in their offense. The only question is, will Darius GArland and Donovan Mitchell actually involve more players in the offense in 2023-2024?
If the Cavs’ offense doesn’t evolve beyond a two-man power trip, then this team isn’t going to win with 25-year-olds Reggie Miller and Pete Maravich coming to play for them. Kispert is the perfect guy to be involved in the Cavs’ offense, assuming the offense is balanced. He can stretch the court, take pressure off of the primary scorers, start or come off the bench and not miss a moment, and score from all three levels.
He’s the perfect piece for the Cavs’ offense.