Like the Brooklyn Nets, the Golden State Warriors have a wealth of forwards but not enough minutes for all of them. In their 2022 NBA Finals run, young forward Moses Moody appeared to be a secret weapon for GSW.
As the Warriors prepare for a final run at the title with their current core, trading Moody could be a reasonable option if the right deal manifested. The Cavaliers could give Moody the best environment for him to grow and continue competing for playoff success. In the right situation, a deal between Cleveland and Golden State would be an ideal pairing for both teams.
Last year, Moody only received 13 minutes per game, though he managed to make the most of every chance he got. He shot 36.3 percent from 3-point range and averaged 4.8 points and 1.7 rebounds. While Moody has shown his value in the NBA, he is behind both Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Kuminga in Golden State’s rotation. A new environment such as Cleveland with more playing time could open up a path to Moody reaching his full potential.
On a rookie scale contract, Moody is an affordable and low-risk trade target for the Cavs in a last minute move. At 6-foot-6, Moody improves Cleveland’s size at the forward spot a bit. He can also play at the two guard position, giving Cleveland another rotational piece in the backcourt.
While the Cavs have made great strides this offseason, finding a final move to push them over the edge into contention should be at the top of their priority list. Any of these five players (or a combination of a few) could prove to be the right move.