The Cleveland Cavaliers are young enough that they shouldn’t rush their timeline; it’s not championship or bust next season. With that being said, they are also good enough that they can realistically expect to contend with the right moves this offseason, and while they have limited assets it’s the right move to try and make a big swing.
They need to find their fifth closer, likely also their starting small forward, a player who can space the floor on offense without being chewed up on defense. Without any first-round picks to trade it will be a tough move to try and make.
What ambitious trade target could the Cavaliers look at?
Bleacher Report gave an ambitious trade target for each team, and for the Cavs, they nominated Gary Trent Jr. of the Toronto Raptors. The 6’5″ wing started at the 2 for the Raptors the past few seasons before moving to the bench with the addition of Jakob Poeltl at this past season’s Trade Deadline.
Gary Trent Sr. grew up in Ohio, so perhaps there is enough of a connection for Trent Jr. to consider signing with the Cavs to start at small forward. Would the fit work? And even if it does, can the Cavs afford Trent Jr.?