The Cleveland Cavaliers should trade Daniel “Boobie” Gibson this year.
Now, first of all let me say that I love Gibson and I know that he helps the Cavaliers when he is on the floor. I am not saying to trade him because I think he is bad for the team. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
Gibson is a great shooter and a good player, and fans have loved watching him play for the Wine and Gold over the years. He hit some clutch shots in the playoffs back when the Cavaliers were challenging for the championship, and he is still playing hard and knocking down important shots while the team has been challenging the worst record in the league.
But for Gibson’s sake and for the team’s sake, he should be traded if the Cavaliers can get a good offer.
So far this season, Gibson is shooting 39 percent from three-point range and is averaging 7.5 points and 2 assists per game. For his career, Gibson has scored 8.1 points per game and shot at a rate of 41 percent from the three-point line.
He is a smart veteran who can help a lot of contending teams. And while it seems like he has been in Cleveland for a long time, he is only in his seventh year in the NBA and still has several more good seasons ahead of him.
Plenty of contenders could use Gibson, and he could play a key role for them. The Oklahoma City Thunder, for example, could use another shooter and Gibson could step into that role. Plenty of other teams, such as the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers could also use a great shooter like Gibson who is also a smart player.
Those teams may need someone like Gibson to help them get over the top, and they may be willing to part with a young player or a high draft pick to get him. If the Cavaliers can get something good back in a trade, they should definitely do that.
For Gibson’s sake, a trade would be a good thing. He has served the Cavaliers well over the years and deserves a shot to play with a winning organization again. If it looked like the Cavaliers would be winning again soon, it would make sense to keep him. Right now, though, it looks like it may be a few more years before the team can contend, so there is no reason to keep Gibson stuck on a losing team.
For the Cavaliers’ sake, it also makes sense. The team is committed to young guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, and C.J. Miles can come off the bench. If the recently signed Shaun Livingston can contribute, then he and Jeremy Pargo can also be reliable guards off of the bench.
Trading Gibson would free up more minutes for the other guards and help this young team grow.
Gibson helped the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals when he was a rookie with his great shooting and dynamic play. Hopefully he can now help the team become contenders again through a trade.