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Cavs Three-Team Trade?

Cavs three-team trade
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Will there be a Cavs three-team trade soon? There are reports that a three-team trade could happen before the trade deadline. That would secure the team more shooting. After this past summer when the Cavs traded for all-star Donovan Mitchell this roster is not complete. Cleveland lacks consistent shooting on a nightly basis as well as wing players. In an ideal world, the Cavs would net a shooter and three and D wing players. However, the Cavs have limited assets that can be traded. So any trade would be affected by the lack of resources. Above all, there will be ways to make things happen before the trade deadline. A potential Cavs three-team trade would include the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, and Cavaliers themselves.

Atlanta Hawks

The potential of the Cavs’ three-team trade would be centered around the Atlanta Hawks center John Collins. Atlanta would be looking to get off of the massive contract of Collins. Hawks brass is looking for cap relief with that trade. Collins’ contract is worth $125 million. Above all, since he signed the contract Collins has underperformed. However, at 25 he still has time to develop even more. Collins would be traded to the Jazz. The Hawks would then receive Caris Levert from the Cavs. This move would allow both teams to get from under expensive contracts.

Cleveland Cavaliers

For the Cleveland portion of this Cavs three-team trade, they would land Malik Beasley from the Utah Jazz. It is reported that Caris Levert is the most likely trade asset because his contract could be moved easily. Levert has only one year left on his current deal and NBA teams covet expiring contracts. The Cavs would send Levert to the Hawks for their portion of the trade. In this Cavs three-team trade as stated before they are looking to add more shooting. Cleveland would create more cap space by moving Levert’s contract to help facilitate bringing on Beasley. Beasley’s deal is four years and worth 60 million dollars. If Levert is not moved the possibility of him and Beasley playing together could add another element to the offense.

Utah Jazz

Utah would net John Collins from the Atlanta Hawks. Besides, with the addition of Collins the Jazz would be looking to gain more draft compensation for taking on that contract. Following this summer’s massive trade for the Jazz and Cavs, the Jazz is looking to rebuild after the Mitchell and Rudy Gobert era in Utah. At this point in the year and rebuild the Jazz are hoarding draft picks for potential trades and drafting purposes. General manager Danny Ainge has a history of always looking for the next big move. Assembling those picks could net him a big star via trade or potentially using them in upcoming drafts. Therefore, Utah would gain the most in terms of compensation and collateral.

Conclusion

From a production standpoint, Levert and Beasley are one and the same. For instance, they are “both are high-volume inefficient bench guards. While Beasley is a better three-point shooter”. Levert is the better playmaker. He would help elevate an offense with the Hawks led by Trey Young and Dejounte Murray. The Utah Jazz would benefit the most in getting Collins who is only 25 years old. He is still young enough to be molded and a change of scenery could be necessary for his growth. Finally, in the pursuit of the Cavs’ three-team trade, another moveable asset could be Isaac Okoro. However, the Cavs would look to gain major compensation for him. At the moment all parties are currently just exploring these options as nothing is imminent right now.

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