Just hours before the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Chicago Bulls for their third regular season match-up, this year’s NBA trade deadline will have already been reached. One of many teams that are the subject of rumors and chatter involving some big-name trades, the Cavaliers have about 48 hours to cut a deal. While Kevin Love continues to be a hot topic when it comes to NBA trades, Imam Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov have become a part of the conversation, as well.
While rumors used to persist about the possibility of Markief Morris and Chris Paul, fans have recently been pondering the possibility of a trade that would result in Carmelo Anthony joining LeBron James in Cleveland. In what is perhaps a more likely scenario, there has also been talk of the Cavaliers showing interest in Kosta Koufos.
As Coach Tyronn Lue tries to help the Cavs transition from the NBA All-Star Weekend back to the regular season, a few different Cleveland Cavaliers trade rumors are worth investigating.
While the idea of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James playing side-by-side in Cleveland may be a dream come true for some Cavs fans, it will remain just that at this time: a dream. Three days ago, Sports Illustrated quoted LeBron James saying the rumors of a Carmelo Anthony trade involving the Cavaliers were untrue. In their hopes of obtaining Kevin Love, the Boston Celtics apparently asked Cleveland if there was someone else in the league they would be interested in so that a three-team deal could happen, resulting in Love going to Boston and Carmelo going to Cleveland.
On top of that, Anthony has a no-trade clause in the contract he signed with the New York Knicks last year, and has expressed time and time again that it is his goal to win a championship in New York.
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As ESPN reports, the Boston Celtics continue to be the team that seems most interested in taking Kevin Love from the Cavs. However, Cleveland would love to land another star in the deal, while the Celtics are only willing to offer young players and draft picks.
The Sacramento Kings have two pieces that Cleveland apparently have their eyes on — Ben McLemore and Kosta Koufos. While the Cavs may be willing to discuss a trade involving Iman Shumpert or Timofey Mozgov, they aren’t likely to even consider Love for two of the Kings’ reserves.
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One baller that Cleveland has been eyeing — their “Dream Target” — is Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks. CBS reports that, like Love, Korver is an excellent three-point shooter who isn’t especially known for his defense. If Atlanta shows any interest, Cleveland would be happy to talk about trading Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov, or Anderson Varejao rather than something involving Kevin Love.
Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov
As NESN noted, Cleveland seems willing to trade their mid-season recruit from last year if they can get some bench depth in return. Shumpert and Mozgov continue to be the primary names that come up for Cleveland trades, especially as it involves their interest in Korver, McLemore and Koufos.
However, things finally shape up for the Cavs as Thursday’s 3:00 deadline approaches, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers host Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls for the third of four regular season games between the Eastern Conference rivals. The Cavs will look for their first victory against the Bulls this season, as Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. EST and will air on TNT.
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