After a busy offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers have done practically all of their offseason moves already, and are now looking towards the start of the NBA season. Yes, the Cavs do have 13 players on the roster as of now, which probably means they’ll look to add one more player before the regular season is underway, or convert one of their two-way players to a standard contract. The chances that this player will get a lot of playing time aren’t that large, though, so for the most part, the team we see in Cleveland right now is the team we will see to start the season.
NBA trades don’t usually happen until later on in the season, as teams want to see how the team works together. Despite this expectation, that doesn’t mean a team, or the Cavs in this example, couldn’t have trade targets in mind if they wanted to try and get someone.
The Cavs do not really have a ton of trade assets to be able to swing for a star player, so most likely, the trades Cleveland will make next season will probably be on a lower scale, unless one of their top four players gets dealt. Jarrett Allen could seemingly be the the most likely of those top four to be dealt, in that scenario.
With that being said, the Cavs would have to buy on a player that’s on a lower value, more than likely. If a team does not want a player, that means they will sell them for cheaper. For example, let’s say that the Cavaliers do not want to have a player, let’s say Ricky Rubio, on the roster at all at some point. The Cavs would probably sell Rubio for lower than his actual market value to get him off the team, in theory, if Rubio does not look like he has any gas left in the tank.
Low market players aren’t necessarily terrible players. Look at Ben Simmons on the Brooklyn Nets. Yes, I know he wasn’t a tremendous player last season, but he could have a bounce-back year, even if his trade value is non-existent at this point. If the Nets wanted to sell Simmons, the return for him would not be great at all.
The Cavaliers do have a good amount of tradeable contracts, such as Caris LeVert, Rubio, Dean Wade, and others. Those players I could all see being traded during or leading into the trade deadline, if some of them do not perform to the standard that the Cavs have.
Somewhat along those lines, here are a few players the Cavs could look for while potentially buying low on the trade market.