Last minute trade target No. 2 – Tari Eason, Houston Rockets
If the Cavaliers want to improve their size at the three spot, 2022 first-round pick Tari Eason could be the perfect choice. Standing at 6-foot-8, Eason was a reliable option for the Rockets at both the small and power forward positions.
Although the Cavs improved their wing and forward spots, there is still room to improve. Similar to last season, the majority of minutes both in the starting five and bench will be up for grabs every night at the small forward position. In Cleveland, he would likely be one of the first options off the bench with a chance to earn a starting role by the end of the season.
In his rookie season, Eason averaged 9.3 points and 6 rebounds, shooting 34.3 percent from deep. His game is unrefined, but his offense already shows signs of great potential, and his strengths meet what the Cavaliers need.
Defensively, Eason stands out among the crowd. He was in the 93rd percentile for blocks at the forward position, per Cleaning the Glass (subscription required). Additionally, Eason ranked in the highest percentile for offensive rebounding for forwards. At only 22 years old, Eason could be a substantial contributor for the Cavs for a long time.
A player of his age and potential does not come cheap, though, meaning the Cavaliers would likely have to part ways with one of Isaac Okoro or Dean Wade, if not both, along with future second-round picks. The choice relies on how the Cavs believe they will do next postseason. If they view themselves as one key trade away from true contention, than Eason could easily be that option.
Secondly, if Cleveland is ready to move on from Okoro or Wade, Eason would slot into either role on the team with ease, especially with Strus and Niang carrying some of that responsibility as well.
Next, the Cavaliers should revisit a trade from last season that neared completion.