As we sit on Thursday, January 13, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 24-18 on the season, sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers were a lot better than many expected at this point, and coach JB Bickerstaff, current head of basketball operations Kobe Altman, deserves credit for that.
It’s been tough for Caves this season when it comes to some major injuries, unfortunately, and with Colin Sexton and Ricky Rubio out for the rest of the season and Isaac Okoro still sidelined with an elbow sprain, it’s clear the team will. You will likely seek back court assistance. Currently dealing with back pain, Darius Garland has a heavy workload as well.
In the field, even after trading for Rajon Rondo, the Cavaliers are reportedly interested in Caris LeVert, according to Shams Charania. the athlete and Stadium, a player they are associated with. I’m not a huge LeVert fan personally, but I understand the interest there.
Regarding the other Possible targets rumored, in a recent reply/report on Twitter, Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor mentioned Dennis Schroeder, Joe Engels, Goran Dragic, Kyle Anderson and possibly Ben Simmons. Other names like Cam Reddish and Buddy Hield appear to have been names that have appeared in the trade rumors as well.
Of those, with potential compensation required, Anderson, if available, is the one he’d likely be most interested in, and even as an outgoing player, while not a Hield or Ingles shooter, I don’t expect the Cavs need to break the bank to re-sign it. If Cleveland is a firm believer in a Hield or LeVert-style player that the latter will expire after next season, I get it.
Even with them still looking for another seemingly innovative ball handler to shoot, however, one potential commercial target for a team like the Cavaliers I wouldn’t particularly be with is Eric Gordon.
According to a report by Michael Scott of Hoops Hype, Gordon and Daniel Theis are two players that some “player-caliber teams” are watching on how the Houston Rockets continue to slide, and amid a complete rebuilding. Gordon is 33 and Tess is 29, two of Houston’s older vets on a team that should prioritize youngsters to get their share of playing time.
Gordon is set to be on the books for $18.2 million this season, and with opposing teams having an interest in the prospect of Rubio’s expiring contract, along with draft picks, perhaps the Rockets could have some in the potential Gordon deal.
However, I do acknowledge that Gordon is a proven all-around scorer in this league and previously won his sixth NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year title, for the Cavaliers, getting it might be an extra lift, but the questions will come from there. That depends on what Cleveland will need to send, too, obviously, and looking ahead, I’ll probably pass, with concerns on the ground as well.
Trading the Cavs for Gordon could be an added boost; However, there are natural question marks.
The first is about what it might cost Cleveland, and would it be worth including a guy like Laurie Markanen?