The Cleveland Cavaliers made some big moves this offseason to improve their roster. With that in mind, should the Cavs look to make further upgrades, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley put together a group of players that should be Cleveland’s top three trade targets.
After noting concerns that the Cavs may not have adequately addressed their needs for a two-way wing player, Buckley notes that Royce O’Neale, Caleb Martin, and Josh Green are players who should be on Cleveland’s radar.
It’s possible, then, Cleveland could still be in the market for a two-way wing who finally balances this roster. The Cavs don’t have much to spend after paying a fortune for Donovan Mitchell last offseason, but they might be able to reel in a mid-tier target like O’Neale (expendable with Brooklyn’s wing depth), Martin (a potential casualty of the Miami Heat’s Damian Lillard pursuit) or Green (a likely trade candidate should the Dallas Mavericks do anything major).
It is about mid-tier targets for the Cavs. As mentioned by Buckley, Cleveland does not have a lot of draft capital to work with. This means their future assets worth less than other teams can only net a certain level of player in return. Perhaps the Cavs could be involved as a third-team facilitator in a larger trade that sees them deal from an area of redundancy on their roster to get a higher-caliber player. But that is not something anyone should be counting on.
There are not any glaring needs for the Cavs at this moment. Cleveland is in a position to add complementary players rather than stars. It is about finding the right supporting cast for the core of their roster. Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen are locks to be in the starting lineup, and finding the right combination of players to surround them with to make a deeper playoff run is absolutely necessary.