The Cleveland Cavaliers need help in the frontcourt, as hard as that is to believe given their offseason, and a center will need to be found at some point this year. Why not sooner rather than later as the Cavaliers will have hot competition from the Bulls, Heat and others trying to spoil LeBron’s return.
One weakness that is clearly already been identified is the lack of depth at center and that’s why we’ve been hearing so many trade rumors about acquiring either Timofey Mozgov or JaVale McGee from the Denver Nuggets. But a new scenario sees the Cavaliers getting rid of Tristan Thompson to fill another need — the lack of depth at the point.
Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com was asked if he could see the Cavaliers and Knicks swapping Thompson and guard Iman Shumpert.
I could see the Cavaliers-Knicks deal, but the Nuggets already added Arron Afflalo this summer, so they seem to be deeper at shooting guard than center. I don’t think they’re in any hurry to get rid of Mozgov.
Shumpert and Irving together tag-teaming at the point would be amazing to see. Shumpert would help fill a giant need but the scenario that Pelton references would have the Cavaliers then flip Shumpert for Mozgov. Either way, the Cavaliers win no matter what, but Thompson is more valuable than this trade and Cleveland will realize that closer to the deadline.