With just a few weeks left before the start of the 2023–24 NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers face a critical moment. Despite having a strong core, the Cavs are determined to further improve their roster. There have been rumors of potential trades circulating, indicating the team’s intention to enhance their lineup with promising prospects.
While it’s often said that a superteam is necessary to win a championship, this isn’t always the case. A combination of smart draft choices and key signings can lead to championship success. The Cavs have worked hard towards this and with a healthy roster and strategic trades, they could contend for the championship. The Cavs’ young core is expected to surprise many teams this year. However, a few well-placed trades could provide an extra layer of security for their chances at the top.
One intriguing option for the Cavs is Cade Cunningham, the 2021 first-round pick. Given the team’s focus on building a young core, the 21-year-old point guard seems like a good fit. He displayed his potential last season with the Pistons, averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists while shooting at 41.5% accuracy. While health concerns might raise some doubts, Cunningham has the talent to make a significant impact once he’s fully ready.
Another trade possibility generating buzz is the proposal from the OKC Thunder for Jarrett Allen. There’s talk of shifting Evan Mobley to the center position and OKC has offered Luguentz Dort, Victor Oladipo and a 2026 First-Round Pick in exchange for Allen. This deal could address some of the Cavs’ issues, as their defense was solid with Allen and Mobley but lacked offensive power. Dort’s defensive skills could fill a gap in the roster, and if needed, he could replace Mitchell. On the Thunder’s end, they would benefit from Holmgren’s shooting, which surpasses Mobley’s. While Mobley is stronger defensively, he’d still work well alongside Allen as a shot blocker. This trade could be mutually advantageous.
With their current roster, expectations in Cleveland are at their highest since LeBron’s departure in 2018. The upcoming season’s outcome hinges on the moves the Cavs make in the offseason. As sports analyst Pelton puts it, “This year, there are going to be real expectations. And if they don’t win a playoff series, I think it would be a little bit of a disappointment in Cleveland.”