Three-team trade idea brings a youth movement to the Cavaliers

The NBA is in the middle of the offseason as Free Agency and Summer League approaches. As peacetime continues, the Cleveland Cavaliers could use extra hands at the wing positions, but they may have to part with something valuable in exchange for an edge.

In the first round, New York’s Mitchell Robinson abused The Land’s interior protection so brutally that factions of the fan base have wondered whether going in a separate direction is the right move. Evan Mobley has one season left before he becomes eligible to ask for an extension, and Donovan Mitchell is two years away from being allowed to exercise his player option. At this stage, time is more valuable than diamonds and gold.

The best asset the Cavaliers have is Jarrett Allen. His versatility as a big who can cover inside and outside will keep teams interested in his services, despite the fact that there is currently no offer moving the front office, by Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.

Allen didn’t play well in the postseason, as his scoring average dropped by nearly five points and his field goal efficiency dropped by 3.3 percent while he was outplayed by Robinson and Co. Regardless, Allen is still a useful player and a solid locker room presence.

Should Cavaliers Consider Trading Jarrett Allen?

Focusing on a trade machine package with Fro as the centerpiece could help the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans and Cavaliers improve immediately. In a hypothetical three team agreement that Air-Alamo has sunk its jaws into, Allen would be sent to NOLA in exchange for Jonas Valančiūnas going to San Antonio with Ricky Rubio. Zach Collins, Dyson Daniels, Kira Lewis Jr. and Trey Murphy III would parachute into Cleveland. This is what it looks like:

Spurs Few

Jonas Valančiūnas

Ricky Rubio

Few pelicans

Jarrett Allen

Cavaliers Get

Zach Collins

Trey Murphy III

Dyson Daniels

Kira Lewis Jr.

The Spurs get one of the strongest centers in the game with solid footwork and playmaking chops. Extending his deal so he can work as a safety blanket next to Victor Wembanyama, like an approximation of Maurice Lucas in Portland protecting Bill Walton, would prevent the new #1 pick from catching doubles or any rival, who is thinking of getting tough with him. “Ricky the Blonde” is older but in a smaller role and can still be serviceable as a third-string orchestrator or fake assistant coach.

New Orleans trades strength for versatility and gets a guy who matches the timeline of the Pelicans’ star players. Allen works well in the man-to-man, 2-3 zone, plus he can switch positions and harass ball handlers outside. The strongest centers are the ones that give him the most trouble to guard. On offense, he is a vertical threat that was 13 in offensive rebounds in 2022-23.

What will the Cavaliers get in the deal?

For Cleveland, Collins and Lewis would have a year left on their contracts. Collins could earn time as the seventh or eighth man if he stays as healthy as last season. Lewis and Daniels could be backup point guards by default if Raul Neto enters Free Agency.

The prize for the Cavaliers in this exchange is Murphy. His employer has until October 31 to exercise the club option it has on him for 2024-25, per Spotrac, making him one of the top five team deals in the league.

Other than that, Murphy is a damn good baller. He logged 14.5 points a night on 48.4 percent shooting and 40.6 percent efficiency from behind the arc. His reliability in catch-and-shoot situations would make it more difficult for the opposition to double Darius Garland, Mobley or Mitchell in the half court as well. In transition, he could hurt rivals by getting down the floor quickly or as the trailer looking for the rapid fire when the defense has convinced the ball handler.

To take pressure off the backcourt, Cleveland could have Murphy bring the ball up so 10 eyes aren’t always on the guards. This would prevent opponents from sending midfield traps against Garland and Mitchell as well.

If the Cavaliers use Murphy as a high-volume screener, the pick and pop could be a lethal option. Garland and Mitchell have explosive first steps that would buy Murphy an extra moment as his defender recovers from the show.

And he’s not just a shooter. His move extends from the perimeter to the inside on curl cuts for quick finishes at the cup.

Defensively, Murphy has good instincts. His 6-foot-9 frame and 7-foot-1 wingspan help make him devastating in passing lanes and a solid contributor in the backline. In blocking and steal percentage, Murphy is in the 84th and 74th percentiles for his position, per Cleaning the glass, which helps start the break. The Cavaliers need as much help as possible there because it might not suit them to continue playing at their slowest tempo in the league.

If it’s time for a change and Allen is the odd man out, this return could be as good as it gets for the Cavaliers, and it’s a win for everyone.

  • Published on 29/06/2023 at 23:00
  • Last updated on 29/06/2023 at 23:00

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