The Cleveland Cavaliers are still trying to deal point guard Jarrett Jack at the NBA trade deadline, while the Sacramento Kings are still willing to make more moves. At this point, the Cavaliers must pull the trigger on a deal that would send Jack to the Kings for power forward Jason Thompson.
The only way the trade goes down is if Cleveland can find a third team to take on part of Thompson’s $12.5 million contract over the next two years. Besides the fact that Jack simply hasn’t performed the way the Cavaliers thought he would with the team in 2013-14, Cleveland is trying to get rid of him in order to save some money. Obviously, acquiring Thompson’s contract that is approximately the same value wouldn’t make much sense unless a third party paid for part of it.
At this point, it’s hard to say if a third team will become available with only five hours left until the trade deadline. With that being said, stranger things have happened, as there are always last minute deals that go down. There’s a good chance the Jack-Thompson trade could be one of them this time around.
Thompson is someone who would provide quality depth in the frontcourt. His 7.6 points per game isn’t exactly appealing, but he has managed to haul in 6.5 rebounds per contest in 25.7 minutes of action this season.
The Cavaliers are simply trying to bring in as many talented players as possible to convince point guard Kyrie Irving to sign an extension with Cleveland opposed to testing the market once he hits free agency in 2015. I’m not exactly sure if Thompson is someone that will help convince Irving, but it certainly can’t hurt to bring in a new face.