This offseason a number of star players have been shopped around the league, from early executed trades for Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis to a bevy of torturously long negotiations for players such as Damian Lillard, James Harden, Zach LaVine and Pascal Siakam.
As NBA training camps approach, a new name has been introduced into the fray. Not exactly a star, Buddy Hield of the Indiana Pacers is suddenly on the trading block. Hield and the Pacers are far apart on extension talks, and as Indiana looks to give minutes to their young prospects, Hield could be available to the right bidder.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have spent all offseason adding shooting, from a four-year deal for Max Strus to shorter contracts for Georges Niang and Ty Jerome. Shooting is the one NBA skill the Cavs can be confident to receive from Emoni Bates, their second-round draft pick. Could the Cavaliers really consider adding another shooter?
To some extent, you can never have too much shooting in the modern NBA, but that obviously comes with caveats. What is the cost to acquire Hield? How will he fit into their salary structure? And will he make their rotation better on both ends of the court?
Let’s lay out a potential trade for Buddy Hield and see whether it makes sense for the Cavaliers to pull the trigger.