With the Cavs reeling, and major lineup changes happening, Cleveland Mocks takes a look at some possible trade scenarios. Again, we used the advanced technology of the ESPN Trade Machine, so you know these proposals could actually happen. If they end up making trades different from these, be sure to be outraged that they chose not to make one of these ideas that you would’ve liked better.
Option 1: Steven Adams, Paul George, Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons to the Cavs, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, D.J. Augustin and Jae Crowder to the Thunder, and Tristan Thompson, Andre Roberson, Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose to the Magic. This trade sees Oklahoma City add much-needed depth with the addition of two-way players Crowder and Shumpert, as well as two bona fide shooters in Smith and Frye. They also take on some point guard depth. The Magic get a big man in Thompson as well as two solid guards, plus a defensive-minded wing to replace Simmons. The Cavs add a rim protector they’ve need as well as a few athletic wings. This deal, especially for OKC, could be a real game-changer.
Option 2: This deal involves a lot of players switching teams. For starters, Portland adds Tristan Thompson, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Troy Daniels and Danuel House, Phoenix adds Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and brings back Channing Frye. Cleveland brings in Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Tyson Chandler, TJ Warren and Devin Booker. Phoenix is probably the real winner of this deal, bringing in an All-Star point guard in Thomas, as well as a former MVP, Rose, plus Crowder. The Suns also bring back fan favorite and team legend Channing Frye! Awesome! The Blazers unload the contracts of Lillard and the Northeast Ohio native McCollum and bring in Thompson, Smith, Shumpert and Daniels, as well as House, who hit a few big shots for Texas A&M a few years ago. The Cavs take on the contracts of Lillard, McCollum and Chandler, and also snag a lottery ticket with some offensive potential in Booker, as well as TJ Warren, a solid perimeter player.
Option 3: Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker, Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner to the Cavs, Tristan Thompson, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Glenn Robinson III and Lance Stephenson to the Hornerts, and Cody Zeller, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and Michael Carter-Williams to the Pacers. This trade helps the Cavs boost their defense by adding Batum, Kidd-Gilchrist, Turner and Oladipo, while adding a replacement for Thomas. The Hornets get a lot of players, including one of the only true do-it-all players in the league: Lance Stephenson. The Pacers get rid of Oladipo’s hefty contact and bring Zeller back to his home state. They also bring in Thomas to fill the point guard role, as well as Michael Carter-Williams who nearly recorded a quadruple-double in his first NBA game, so he must be great.
Option 4: The Cavs would receive Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard and PJ Tucker, the Spurs would add Tristan Thompson, Trevor Ariza and Derrick Rose, and the Rockets would pick up a rich haul of Iman Shumpert, Rudy Gay, Channing Frye and Isaiah Thomas. In this deal, the Spurs would add Thompson, the defensive-minded Ariza (who could guard Kevin Durant in a possible playoff matchup) but most importantly, Rose. As Tony Parker’s play has declined, the Spurs have searched for a replacement. Dejounte Murray, while a nice player, likely isn’t the answer, but a former MVP could be. The Rockets add a few defensive wings and Thomas, suitable replacement for Paul. After all, he scores more points, and that’s what basketball is all about. They also pair up Frye with Ryan Anderson to form one of the best 3-point shooting front courts in the league. The Cavs would upgrade at point guard, add a defensive-minded wing, and take Leonard off the Spurs’ hands after rumors that he wants out of San Antonio.
Again, the ESPN trade machine says these all work, so there is no reason to doubt their validity. If these weren’t possible, the trade machine would say so. The next logical step is to send Koby Altman thousands of emails telling him that he should make one of these trades, as he might not be aware that these are real possibilities.