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Eight Trade Options for the Cleveland Cavaliers to Take Them to the Next Level

Eight trade options for the Cleveland Cavaliers to explore before the upcoming NBA Trade Deadline. The Cleveland Cavaliers will have to consider these eight trade options as the deadline approaches in February.
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Eight Trade Options for the Cleveland Cavaliers to Take Them to the Next Level

The Cleveland Cavaliers hold a 22-13 record, placing them firmly in the hunt for homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference. They are just two games back from first place, neck-and-neck with the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets for the top spot.

Cleveland already swung for the fences this summer by completing a blockbuster trade to acquire All-Star Donovan Mitchell. But, this Cavaliers team might be one move away from becoming a legit contender.

With the trade deadline on the horizon, here are eight options the Cavs can consider.

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Eight Trade Options for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets

The Cavaliers' biggest need at the moment is 3-point shooting. They rank 18th in 3-pointers per game. That is why adding one of the best catch-and-shoot threats in the league is a notable idea.

Joe Harris is a career 43.5% 3-point shooter, making him the fifth most efficient shooter in NBA history. He shot 46.9% on catch-and-shoot attempts last season and would be a perfect fit in Cleveland's rotation.

However, conflicting interests emerge as the Nets will have no desire to help the Cavaliers increase their firepower as both teams look to make a run at the NBA Finals this season. This makes a trade between Cleveland and Brooklyn unlikely.

Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards

On the other hand, a lottery-dwelling team like the Washington Wizards should be looking to sell at the deadline in order to capitalize on their draft position and possibly get something in return.

For Kyle Kuzma, it seems all but certain his time in Washington is nearing an end. According to Marc Stein, the belief that Kuzma will be traded this season is growing across the NBA. The Cavaliers will be able to enter the conversation with an asset like Caris LeVert to match salary.

Kuzma is a 6'9" forward with versatile defensive skills and a 34.3% shooting clip from deep. He matches the Cavaliers' needs and has championship experience from his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The issue? Kuzma is expecting a big payday. He reportedly plans on opting out of his contract this summer to ink a deal in the range of $20-25 million per year -- a price the Cavs will struggle to match with four All-Star caliber players already on the roster.

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings

More in their price range and delivering the same sturdy two-way qualities, Harrison Barnes is an ideal fit in Cleveland.

Barnes is averaging 15.4 points on 37.9% 3-point shooting in his four seasons with the Sacramento Kings. He's blossomed into a quality glue guy who can defend the wing and knock down shots at an efficient rate.

The Kings find themselves in the midst of a surprising breakout season. Currently sixth in the Western Conference, it's unclear if Sacramento feels comfortable potentially punting on what could be their first postseason appearance since 2006.

Terrance Ross, Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic don't have to worry about the playoffs just yet. Sitting in 13th place, the Magic are running out of use for a 31-year-old veteran in Terrance Ross, and a trade could be in store.

Ross is a microwave scorer who is shooting 35.4% from the 3-point line. He's a 6'6" athletic wing who can provide the Cavaliers with a more consistent sparkplug on the perimeter.

It's possible the Cavaliers could even re-sign Ross for a veteran deal, as his contract is set to expire this summer.

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Otto Porter Jr, Toronto Raptors

The 2022-23 NBA season has not gone as planned for the Toronto Raptors. They currently stand at 15-18, two places out of the playoff picture. While Otto Porter Jr's return from injury could help them make a second-half push to the postseason, Toronto might also be interested in retooling for the summer.

The Cavs and Raps have been developing a rivalry, so it's unclear if a deal between them is realistic. Yet, Porter is certainly the type of player the Cavaliers are desperate for. He's a lanky forward who recently served as the connecting piece for Golden State in a championship run.

Placing a veteran 3-and-D guy like Porter in the starting lineup would push Cleveland to new heights. Getting the deal done is something that just might not be possible.

Doug McDermott, San Antonio Spurs

If 3-point shooting is the problem, Doug McDermott is the solution

McDermott has been a sniper since he first entered the league. He's a 41% shooter and is drilling 3-pointers are a career-high rate in San Antonio. At 2.0 3-pointers per game, he'd be the third-best shooter in Cleveland behind Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland.

He might not be the best defender but he has good size at 6'7" and can fill the gap in Cleveland's starting lineup.

Kelly Oubre Jr, Charlotte Hornets

A gritty defender with explosive bounce and a somewhat reliable jump shot, Kelly Oubre is another option for Cleveland to consider.

Oubre is averaging a career-high 20.6 points in Charlotte. He's not doing it very efficiently, shooting just 42.4% from the floor and 31.1% from deep, but could be more effective in a reduced role.

The Cavaliers would benefit from Oubre's scoring and defensive talents. However, he is far from the best option and likely isn't consistent enough to make a significant difference for Cleveland.

Obi Toppin, New York Knicks

A recent lottery pick, Obi Toppin's career in New York has been shakey. Once a deadly 3-point shooter and slasher in college, he hasn't been able to fully translate his offensive game to the NBA level.

This season, though, Toppin is flashing signs of life. He's shooting a career-high 35.1% from deep and has taken subtle steps toward being a more well-rounded player. He fits the mold of what Cleveland is looking for -- a tall forward who can space the floor.

The good news is Toppin should be available for a cheaper price than others on this list. The bad? He's also the riskiest option. There is a decent chance Toppin never puts the full package together and the Cavs might be better with what they currently have on the roster.


Tony Pesta graduated from Cleveland State University in 2022 with a degree in journalism. He covers the Cleveland Cavaliers for Fear the Sword and OddsChecker. You can follow him on Twitter at @Tony_Pesta.


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