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The only player I think would give them a chance to win a title that may become available is cousins. Nobody else closes the gap.
Just getting rid of JR Smith would help the team regardless of who came back. Smith is like cancer.
Quote from: hodgy03038 on January 16, 2018, 07:14:52 AMJust getting rid of JR Smith would help the team regardless of who came back. Smith is like cancer.Getting rid of Thompson would help a lot too.I would trade the pick. Maybe to Orlando? They have a couple of good players and want to rebuild. How about a big trade that gives new life to the team? To Cleveland: Fournier, Biyombo, Mack, Simmons, SpeightsTo Orlando: Thompson, Smith, Shumpert, Osman, Zizic, Brooklyn PickCleveland would get a reliable 3-point-shooting SG (Fournier), an athletic forward with good defense (Simmons), rim protector as back-up center (Biyombo), veteran back-up PG (Mack) and a stretch big (Speigths). They will be incredibly deep and so many options to throw at teams. Fournier and Simmons are also valuable for the long term.Orlando has to eat some bad contracts, but in 2,5 years that will open a lot of cap space at once for free agency in 2020. They get worse which is good for their pick. Obviously the price is the Nets pick, but they also get some minor pieces with Zizic and Osman. They could also have traded Vucevic here, but I thought that would be too much.
If I was CLE, I would trade the pick and Thompson to NOP for Cousins and then make one last run with LeBron. If LeBron leaves (and likely IT and Wade), that one pick isn't going to mean squat in trying to rebuild. This is likely their last hurrah so might as well go all in.