Marreese Speights has made a huge difference for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the short time he has been with the team, but he might not be with the Wine and Gold for much longer.
The forward came over to the Cavaliers in January as part of the trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. In the 10 games Speights has played with the Cavaliers, he has averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
For a team with very little depth, especially in the frontcourt, Speights has been a valuable player coming off of the bench. He has provided a scoring punch and some toughness, and has been one of the keys to the team’s turnaround in the last few weeks.
But while Speights has been great for the Cavaliers, he may soon be playing for another NBA team.
The 6-10 forward/center’s strong play in Cleveland has been noticed by other NBA teams and has reportedly drawn interest from teams who are looking to add pieces for a playoff run.
The Cavaliers are committed to building in the frontcourt around Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson, and veteran Anderson Varejao will also get a lot of time playing in the post next season if he is healthy and still with the team. It’s not clear what role the Cavaliers have in mind for Speights next year and into the future.
Also, the Cavaliers have been looking to add more young players and draft picks, and if they receive a good offer for Speights there is a good chance that the big man will be moved.
For the rest of this season, there is no doubt that the Cavaliers are a better team if Speights remains a member of the Wine and Gold. Management has to decide, though, if he fits in with the team’s future plans and how much help they can receive if they decide to trade Speights to a contender before the trade deadline.
I think the Cavaliers best move is to keep Speights and trade a few other veterans such as Daniel “Boobie” Gibson or Omri Casspi if possible.
If the Cavaliers want to build up some confidence and momentum in the second half of the season, they will need to start winning a lot more games, and Speights can help them with that. He may not be a part of the future plans, but he can help to make the future better for the Cavaliers just by helping the team grow and succeed this season. Unless the Cavaliers receive a great offer for Speights, they should keep him.