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Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Ranking the Top Five Trade Options for the Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be busy at the 2023 trade deadline. Here are five options to consider.
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Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Ranking the Top Five Trade Options for the Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers are feeling increased pressure to make a move as the 2023 NBA trade deadline approaches.

Cleveland began the season hot but has fallen to 21-18 since early November. They're middling just above .500 and could benefit from shaking things up at the deadline.

A catch-and-shoot threat is really the only thing this team is missing. Finding a suitable 3-and-D asset is easier said than done, however, as the Cavs don't have many options available to them.

With that being said, a few players are rumored to be on the trading block. Here are five potential trade targets and grades to match their possible fit in Cleveland.

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Ranking the Top Five Trade Options for the Cavs

Gordon Hayward: D-

There was a time when Gordon Hayward would be a dream fit for the Cavaliers. Once a potent three-level scorer on the wing, those days are long gone for the 32-year-old veteran.

Hayward has struggled to remain on the floor in recent years, missing chunks of each of the last three seasons. He's shooting a career-low 30% from behind the 3-point line and has appeared in fewer than half of Charlotte's games this season.

At this point in his career, it is unclear if Hayward would serve as much of an upgrade to players already in Cleveland. Dean Wade, for example, brings mostly the same skill set with far more upside as a younger asset.

Most of all, Hayward is set to make $31 million dollars next season, a price tag the Cavaliers can not match without a serious sacrifice. Spending this much on Hayward would be a mistake.

Jae Crowder: C+

Jae Crowder is no stranger to being on the trading block. He's been dealt eight total times in his career, currently waiting to be shipped out of Phoenix as both parties feel more than ready to move on.

The Suns are certain to move Crowder at the deadline as the veteran forward has yet to play a single game this season. Crowder has been holding out for a trade since reportedly not being offered a contract extension this summer, something he felt was disrespectful.

Drama aside, would Crowder benefit the Cavaliers? The answer is yes, as he fits the exact mold for what this team needs. He's a veteran forward who can defend multiple positions, bring toughness to the floor and knock down a healthy dose of 3-pointers.

But, trading for Crowder isn't a short-term move. It's clear he is expecting a contract extension -- meaning the Cavaliers would have to lock themselves into a multi-year deal or risk a repeat holdout situation.

Crowder is an ideal fit, but his production has dwindled each season, and if the baggage comes with him, his cost might not be worth the benefit.

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Tim Hardaway Jr: B-

The Dallas Mavericks are growing desperate to surround superstar Luka Doncic with talent and trading Tim Hardaway Jr. is one way to kickstart a soft rebuild. He's on a $19 million dollar contract that will allow the Mavericks to match the salary for a valuable player in return.

Is Caris LeVert someone they would be interested in? Adding another ball handler and shot creator to replace what Dallas has lost with Jalen Brunson could be a solution to easing Luka's incredible workload.

On the flip side, would Cleveland feel satisfied with Hardaway? A prolific catch-and-shoot threat, Hardaway is actually shooting a lower percentage from the 3-point line than LeVert -- but he's attempting nearly double.

Hardaway won't need the ball in his hands to score. He can slot next to Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, and Ricky Rubio as a roaming threat on the perimeter. His fit is undeniable, but his consistency is a concern.

Malik Beasley: B

Another catch-and-shoot threat rumored to be on the market is Malik Beasley. At 26 years of age, Beasley could be a long-term asset for the Cleveland Cavaliers to hold onto.

Beasley is averaging 13.7 points on 35.8% shooting from deep. He's made 150 total 3-pointers this season, more than anyone on the Cleveland roster.

The downside? Beasley is a 6'4" forward/guard shooting just 39.9% from the floor overall. He's a streaky shooter who does not excel at creating shots for himself, and his height makes it difficult for the Cavaliers to play him next to the four starters.

Bojan Bogdanovic: A

There is no better option out there than Bojan Bogdanovic. That is... if he is even truly available.

The Detroit Pistons have kept their cards close to their sleeves. It's unclear if they are willing to part ways with Bogdanovic, who they just acquired this summer. Yet, it's safe to say they are listening to offers.

Bogdanovic is averaging 21.3 points and 2.8 assists per game in Detroit. He's shooting above 40% from deep and can score in various ways. He thrives by moving without the ball, a skill the Cavaliers would love to have.

The 33-year-old veteran checks all of the boxes. He has size at 6'7" and can serve as a glue guy due to his willingness to pass and reliability on defense. It would be difficult for the Cavaliers to outbid the rest of the league but if it's possible, acquiring Bogdanovic would be a homerun move.

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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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