Grade the Trade: Cavaliers sell high on LeVert in wild pitch

Cleveland Cavaliers, Caris LeVert. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Laying out the Cavaliers’ trade idea

The Portland Trail Blazers embraced their rebuild this offseason, drafting a pair of rookies in the first round (including No. 3 pick Scoot Henderson) and trading Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks, then flipping veteran guard Jrue Holiday to the Boston Celtics. In return they got plenty of draft capital, a pair of young centers in Deandre Ayton and Robert Williams III, and veteran combo guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Last year’s Sixth Man of the Year turns 31 years old next month and doesn’t fit the timeline for the young Blazers. He’s been a helpful piece for them in the early going as they’ve had multiple guards dealing with injuries, but ultimately the Blazers are likely to flip him to a contender who can use some shooting and scoring from the backcourt.

The Cavaliers could fit the bill, especially with the injuries in their own backcourt. That led Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey to come up with the following trade idea, bringing Brogdon to the Cavaliers while selling high on Caris LeVert:

Portland would be able to buy low on Isaac Okoro, a point-of-attack defender who could fit nicely with their offense-first guards. They get a pair of second-round picks for Brogdon as well, then have the potential of flipping LeVert to another contender further down the line. It’s a tidy bit of business for them.

The more pertinent question, however, is whether this deal makes sense for the Cavaliers.