Trade target No. 2: Jerami Grant, Portland Trail Blazers
Jerami Grant of the Portland Trail Blazers first developed into one of the league’s better 3-and-D forwards, then took it a step forward with the Detroit Pistons in becoming an on-ball scorer and creator. He fits perfectly as the third-best offensive player on a good team and would make an excellent fit as the power forward beside Evan Mobley on the Cavaliers.
Grant is heading toward unrestricted free agency this summer, and while the Portland Trail Blazers surely hope to re-sign him, it’s very possible he tells them he is leaving and asks for a sign-and-trade to get to his preferred destination. That’s what happened with Jimmy Butler when he left the 76ers for the Heat, so there is precedent.
Add in the possibility that the Blazers either trade Damian Lillard and will want to get younger (Allen is four years younger than Grant) or use the No. 3 pick to add a power forward (Zion Williamson or Pascal Siakam being potential options) and it’s that much more conceivable that they would be open to moving Grant.
In this scenario, which we first laid out here, the Cavaliers would add Jerami Grant in a sign-and-trade while sending Allen and Isaac Okoro to the Portland Trail Blazers. They could then pursue another center to replace Allen or commit to Mobley at center full-time, but Grant would give them the lineup versatility they didn’t have with Allen position-locked at center. He shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range last season while averaging 20.5 points per game, an excellent addition offensively for every role he could play.