It is safe to say that the Cleveland Cavaliers have exceeded all expectations this season. After winning 22 games last season and being led by a young core again this year, there wasn’t must expectation for the Cavs to make much noise this season.
To the delight of Cavs fans and fans of beautiful basketball play, the Cavs have exceeded all our expectations so far.
The Cavs are a defensive-minded team that plays hard on both ends. The guys have valuable veteran leadership from NBA Champion Kevin Love. Kevin has accepted a lesser role on the team to allow their young core to gel and grow as players.
The Cavs are at their best when they have a balanced offense. They have eight players who (when healthy) averaged double figures in scoring. In addition, we have seen the emergence of point guard Darius Garland as an All-Star floor general and rookie Evan Mobley establishing himself as a problem on defense. He is also drawing comparisons to Hall of Fame power forward Kevin Garnett. Mobley is a front runner for Rookie of the Year considerations.
The Cavs are 30-19 in the win-loss column, 3rd place in the Eastern Conference standings. However, with their success, the team is looking to make moves before the trade deadline on February 10th to make a deep push into the playoffs.
The league has granted the Cavaliers an $8.9 million trade exception because of Ricky Rubio’s season-ending knee injury.
One trade scenario the Cavs are rumored to be considering is a deal to possibly acquire forward Robert Covington from the Portland Trailblazers. Covington’s length makes him an excellent perimeter defender. He also can stretch the floor on offense shooting 35% from three.
The Tennessee State forward is a former NBA all-defensive team member who averages 7.7 points while pulling down 5.6 rebounds per game for Portland this season. He also adds about a block and a steal in a half per game. Covington would be a great addition off the bench for the Cavs and would be a veteran presence to help the young team in the locker room.
The Cavs would likely have to give up valuable assets to acquire Covington, who has an expiring contract at the end of the season.
Another trade rumor for the Cavs is the possible trade of Kevin Love and/or Collin Sexton for the Indiana Pacers Caris LeVert. The Pacers are in rebuild mode and looking to trade off veteran assets.
Other players getting the attention of the Cavs are the Houston Rocket’s guard Eric Gordon and Dennis Schroeder of the Boston Celtics.
Out of all the trade scenarios, I personally like the thought of adding Robert Covington the best. However, I share the sentiment of many Cavs fans who say, “We don’t want to make a move that will ruin our team chemistry.”
Surely there is a move that makes sense for the Cavs and will equip the team for a deep playoff push. Maybe even picking up a free agent still on the market.
What do you think?
Who do you feel the Cavs should target before the trade deadline? Let us know.
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