The Cleveland Cavaliers have been searching for a guard to help their injury-ridden team since the injuries of Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio that put them out for the season.
Following Rubio’s unfortunate injury, the Cavs even acquired Rajon Rondo from the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he’s just not “that guy” anymore to play such a significant role for a contending team.
So, the Cavs, in their search to find suitable help in the backcourt, have their eyes on the Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert.
Caris is a 27-year-old, six-year veteran out of Michigan. In addition, he has career averages of 14.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and four assists per game over that span with the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers. He has improved almost every season.
He is averaging 18.7 points per game on 44% shooting this season. He also averages 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
LeVert has averaged 34.0 points, five rebounds and 6.5 assists in the past two games for the Pacers. He is showing everyone what we already know that he is a qualified second scoring option with the potential to lead the team when needed.
Some fear LeVert is limited on defense and as a shooter, only shooting 32% from deep. However, he is also better with the ball in his hands rather than playing off the ball. This may make him a great option to come off the bench as a sixth man when Darius Garland is off the floor.
With Caris LeVert, the good certainly outweighs any concerns. However, according to reports, the Pacers want two first-round picks to make the deal happen. Mainly because they know the Cavs have control of all of their first-round picks and they’re desperate for help at the guard position.
Suppose LeVert gets picked up and thrives as Coach Bickerstaff puts him in as a secondary offensive ball handler. In that case, the Cavs may look to hold on to him rather than Collin Sexton (who’s a restricted free agent at the end of the season).
Just putting this out there. Do you like the potential move? Do you think the Cavs should give up two first-round picks for Caris LeVert? Will a trade like this make a difference for the Cavs ceiling this season? Let us know what you think.
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