Cavs and Celtics Talking Three Team Trade

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Brandan Wright

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are rumored to be in talks that would allow a three team trade to materialize. The Cavs center Anderson Varejao had an MRI on Wednesday and reportedly has a torn Achilles which will more than likely sideline him for the rest of the season.  The Cavs have been exposed on the interior defensively, and losing the inside presence of Varajao is an obvious blow. They were already exploring options to add a rim protector, but with Andy sidelined the issue is now urgent. Kevin Love is not the greatest defender and Tristan Thompson is simply not big enough to bang down low with the elite centers of this league. The Cavs do not have a ton of assets to move in a trade, however, GM David Griffin prepared a $5.3 million trade exception just for this type of scenario. The Cavs also have a protected 1st round pick from Memphis that they can use in a trade if needed.

The 6’9″ Brandon Wright (27) was recently sent to the Celtics in the Rajon Rondo trade. ESPN has reported that Wright has been specifically named as a potential piece that the Cavs are attempting to acquire in their front court, along with other names. Wright is very active on both ends of the glass, and would provide the much improved rim protection this team so desperately needs. He actually fits perfectly with this team. He defends the paint and is incredibly efficient on offense. He plays above the rim and the majority of his shots are dunks. Cleveland could have their own mini version of lob city. On paper, he would be a fantastic fit for this team. His $5 million dollar expiring salary would fit with the Cavs $5.2 million dollar trade exception.

Brandon Bass is also thought to be on Boston’s trade block, however his $6.9 million dollar salary would not work with the Cavs trade exception and the Cavs cannot combine a player salary with the trade exception to make the trade work. It is not allowed by the collective bargaining agreement. It is conceivable that Bass’s contract is the reason the Cavs and Celtics need a third team to get involved. If the Cavs were making a run at Bass they would need another team to swing the deal, but Wright seems to be much more likely.

*** FYI: Wright can’t be traded until February 18th***

By: Brad Ward

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