The Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz have agreed to a trade deal in which the Jazz will send John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy to the Cavaliers for Carrick Felix, a future second-round pick and $1 million in cash.
So what’s the point of this deal?
First of all, the Cavaliers have made it very clear that they want Kevin Love and will basically give up anything to acquire him, even if that means trading away multiple first-round drafted players. Furthermore, Love immediately expressed his desire to play alongside LeBron James in the wake of “The Decision Part 2” in which James announced his famous (or infamous?) return home. When there is this much chatter around the possibility of a trade, it usually will happen one way or another.
The Cavaliers are working on finding that way, for Cleveland is acquiring non-guaranteed players in order to have more leverage with a trade. There is no other reason Cleveland would go out of its way to obtain these players. This event almost guarantees the Cavs will have a trade done for Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves in particular were being restricted from agreeing to a deal due to NBA trade regulations and requirements regarding cap-space and the luxury tax. These players can now be flipped from Cleveland to Minnesota as trade fillers to make sure all moves are within the league’s boundaries.
This latest chess move by Cleveland indicates just how serious both sides are about this trade proposition and how close a deal is to becoming inked. It is now just a matter of time before we’ll see Love alongside Kyrie Irving and King James in a Cavaliers jersey. Cleveland will immediately be catapulted into the favorite among both the Eastern and Western Conferences to win the title in 2015.
We will just have to wait a little while longer before we find out for certain if this trade can happen. The main reason the exchange cannot take place for at least another full month is because of the recent signing of Andrew Wiggins by Cleveland. NBA rules state that a team must wait at least one month after signing a drafted player before a trade will be permitted.
Once that time is passed, the trade will happen and Cleveland will have established its own Big 3 in James, Irving and Love. #unstoppable. Prepare yourselves, for Cleveland is coming.