Similar to the point guard position, the Cavaliers would look to improve their bench options rather than search for a starting two-guard. These players give Cleveland a strong option at this spot.
While the Cavaliers are looking to contend this season, their overall youth offers space to take a chance on a prospect with great potential. Moses Moody finished his sophomore season in the NBA this season, coming off the bench for the Golden State Warriors as both a shooting guard and small forward. This versatility in playstyle gives the Cavs a long-term option for the future at both positions. His career 36.3 percent from deep and impressive defense suggests Moody is capable of becoming a legitimate 3-and-D wing threat in Cleveland.
Looking at the Warriors’ roster, they have a surplus of wings, probably leaving Moody the scraps behind Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, and Gary Payton II. For that reason, Moody would be a buy-low option for the Cavs with real potential in the near future to be a solid rotation piece. His best positional fit may not be shooting guard in the end, but that only gives Cleveland even better forward depth.
Whereas Moses Moody’s value to Cleveland is his future potential, Gary Trent, Jr. of the Toronto Raptors is a guaranteed immediate producer at the shooting guard spot. Since joining the Raptors in 2021, Trent continually gives Toronto a go-to option on the perimeter both on offense and defense. Putting Trent on the Cavaliers provides an instant impact on the wing, either as a second-unit shooting guard or starting small forward on some nights.
The problem in trading for Trent comes from matching salaries. This season, Trent will make $18.5 million, meaning that a trade package for Trent will not be as simple as Moody. The Cavaliers would likely have to part with Caris LeVert once he is trade eligible, which leads to a question regarding which player can provide more for the Cavaliers. Otherwise, the Cavs would need to stack numerous contracts together, hurting their overall depth for Trent. If the Cavaliers are certain Trent can answer a number of questions for them this season, then a deal for the 24-year-old wing may be worth the effort.
Moving into small forward, the Cavaliers need to add a small forward who can fix the problems created by their current options.