With the Trade Deadline here and gone let’s break down all the moves the Cleveland Cavaliers made before the deadline. Let’s start with the first trade—- Oh wait they didn’t trade anyone or anything before the deadline. Yet somehow, the Cavs were still one of the big winners by not doing anything. That’s because the Boston Celtics didn’t get anyone, and the Toronto Raptors made big, yet insignificant moves. Toronto may be in the top 3 in the East but nothing more.
Everyone knows that the Cavs want and need to pick up some players to solidify its’ bench. Now we much wonder what the options are.
It’s All About the Waiver Wire
After not making a move, the Cavs will be heavy players on the free agent market as the buyouts from trades start to take place. The main targets of the Cavs are both what would fill its’ needs. The first piece is center Andrew Bogut who was traded to Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel. He is currently in the process of negotiating his buyout to become a free agent. He’s one of the Cavs main targets and would fit the 10-15 minutes he would have to play each night.
The second option is Deron Williams of the Mavs. When he gets his buyout, the Cavs are all in on signing him to fill the backup point guard position. He fits the Cavs mold and he wants to play for the Cavs when he is bought out. The Cavs truly need a point guard and Deron Williams would fit well in this role because of his knowledge and experience.
One other option for the Cavs would be Terrence Jones from New Orleans. He’s an intriguing guy because he plays a quick power forward position. He would fill up valuable minutes when placed on the floor with a quicker rotation. Bogut’s one and only issue is his age. He also no longer runs the floor the way he used to. None the less, Jones would be the most intriguing of those three based on age and size alone.
One more great option would be Larry Sanders. He’s a mystery but he’s still young and can bring a lot to the table as long as his head is into the game again.
The Upcoming Week Ahead
The Cavs have the best record in the month of February at 8-1. With two games left to play, they will look to further build on that. If and when the team signs both Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams, the roster will be complete along with signing Derrick Williams for the rest of the season. The Cavs will now have everything it wants and will be able to start taking some minutes away for guys like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. With those two resting more and more down the stretch, the Cavs will be in a great position to win another ring.
Even with the moves that Toronto has made, no one scares the Cavs in the Eastern Conference in the slightest. Even with the addition of PJ Tucker and Serge Ibaka, no team outside of maybe the Washington Wizards has the power to match the Cavs. Washington’s problem is that its’ bench has no one on it and would have an issue with the Cavs second unit.
The Cavs finish the month with games against the Chicago Bulls on February 25. Then, the team plays the Milwaukee Bucks on February 27. This team has a legitimate shot at finishing the month with 10 wins. It could still be the only team in the East to have 40 wins. The Cavs look to be willing to do whatever it needs to win another championship and it’s going to be a fun ride to the end.