The Cavaliers were connected to Royce O’Neale in trade talks since last trade deadline, but they could not finish the deal. Brooklyn chose instead to retain O’Neale, possibly to see if his value is higher in the summer.
At the end of August, Bleacher Report listed O’Neale as one of the Cavaliers’ best trade targets. His fit is clear in Cleveland, shooting 38.4 percent on 3-pointers over his career, and his current team has a surplus of forwards with not enough minutes to distribute.
The 30-year-old veteran gives the Cavs another leader in the locker room, and his connection as a former teammate (and present friend) of Donovan Mitchell makes his transition to the Cavaliers system and culture swift.
Unfortunately, while O’Neale has been linked to the Cavaliers numerous times, no deal has come to fruition, but after a failed attempt to acquire P.J. Washington from Charlotte, finally bringing O’Neale to Cleveland would be an ideal storybook ending to a terrific offseason.
Only time will tell if O’Neale will actually end up in the wine and gold, but there still remain two other possible trade targets before training camp.