Reason No. 3: Keeping their defensive identity alive is the key to winning the NBA Finals
Even though Kevin Durant might suggest otherwise on Twitter, defense wins championships. The better team wins the NBA Finals in a seven-game series, but without a way to stop your opponent from scoring, no team will have an easy time adorning themselves with the shining rings of champions.
Yes, the Cavaliers need to score to win. But, once again, their offensive struggles are actively under improvement. Additionally, any level of offensive improvement from Mobley and Allen only serves to add to their chances.
There is no telling whether or not Allen will finish his career or even current contract with the Cavaliers, but most recent trade rumors for Jarrett Allen would undercut Cleveland’s defense without question. A stretch five is tempting, but it is hard to imagine a winning Cavs team that loses their defensive identity.
With everything Mobley and Allen have to offer, their fit together is still the best option forward right now. The Cavaliers would likely not get a good enough return for Allen to trade him. There are still ways to improve, including free agency and other trade opportunities that do not ship Allen away.
Only time will tell, but for all the worthy criticism, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen are cause for optimism in Cleveland.