It appears that things are starting to fall into place for the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding their pursuit of LeBron James in free agency. As reported by Marc Stein of ESPN, the Cavs have sent guard Jarrett Jack and guard/forward Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets. On top of that, Cleveland has also dealt center Tyler Zeller and a first round pick to the Boston Celtics, clearing roughly $9.5 million in cap space according to CBS Sports. The last parameter of the deal had the Nets sending Marcus Thornton to the Celtics as well. This leaves the Cavs with around $24 million in cap space to spend this summer.
The Cavs were looking for a third team in order to complete a deal sending away Jack, as reported earlier this week and many times in the past. Dating back to before the trade deadline last season, the Cavs were in talks with the Nets to send Jack to Brooklyn. Last summer Cleveland signed Jack to a four-year, $25 million contract. Although his duties as a sixth man with the Golden State Warriors enticed the Cavs to bring him aboard, he wasn’t able to mesh with the young talent and compliment star players — such as Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters — like he was brought in to do.
Zeller started to come along for the Cavs later on in the season and received more playing time once the Andrew Bynum experiment completely failed and Anderson Varejao went down with yet another injury. However, his duties as a defender obviously weren’t enough to convince the Cavs to keep him as a part of the rebuilding process. Zeller was drafted with Cleveland’s second first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Karasev, who was just named to the Cavs’ Summer League roster yesterday, wasn’t able to contribute much for Cleveland last season. However, he did see a lot of time with the Canton Charge, as expected. Karasev was drafted for his outside shooting and ball-handling abilities, but it’s not a major loss for Cleveland to deal them, especially if they’re going all in for LeBron James.
Things are starting to get interesting in Cleveland. A big move is likely on the way, even if LeBron isn’t involved.