Cavs: Pluses, minuses of potentially trading for Chris Paul

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul handles the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul handles the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul reacts in-game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

My general take: The Cavs should trade for CP3

All things considered, based on Windhorst’s comments about the Cavs feasibly being able to trade for CP3 for Drummond and Osman, though again him not saying that’s not been discussed at all, in that sense, the Cavs should trade for Paul. That’s seemingly sooner rather than later, when trades are given the go-ahead by the NBA again. Well, in relation to this deal, involving Drummond/Cedi.

I still believe Osman is a nice bench piece, when looking long-term not at the current time, to have for Cleveland. That’s with him solidifying himself as a quality perimeter shooter last season and hitting 38.3 percent of his three-point attempts.

But with the way CP3 could help Garland and Sexton behind the scenes, with Garland in a bench role if Paul were to be traded to Cleveland, that could be invaluable for those two young guards from an all-around perspective. Paul could really aid KPJ on both ends, I’d imagine, too.

Not to mention, Paul could be a key trade piece down the road for the Cavs, in the case he were to eventually opt into his 2021-22 player option.

Moreover, with Windhorst noting how the Cavs aren’t going to be significant players in the 2021 free agency period, although some flexibility for them could be useful, even if CP3 were to opt in, that probably wouldn’t be so crippling, anyway.

To be clear, though, this would seem to be anything but a set-in-stone deal to happen, as it hasn’t been discussed. And the Bucks and LA Clippers, for instance, and the New York Knicks are clubs that could seem to be in-play for Paul’s services already, per Windy. There’s been “no traction” when it comes to the Bucks involving Paul trade discussions with OKC, though, for example, per a report from ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

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But if the Cavs were to trade for Paul, they’d be in the right, as the pluses would probably outweigh the minuses, overall. Either way, we’ll keep looking out for more Cavs potential deals/rumors.