Bontemps: How to fix the ‘broken’ Cavaliers

Avery Bradley, recently dealt from the Pistons to the Clippers, is reportedly on the radar of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Everyone who follows the Cleveland Cavaliers has an opinion on what the team should do as the NBA’s trade deadline approaches.

Even we here at Amico Hoops often opine on what moves general manager Koby Altman should make in at attempt to right The Good Ship Cavalier, which has been taking on water pretty much starting with the Christmas Day loss at Golden State.

However, a Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post took that premise to an extreme, suggesting four trades for Altman to make in a story topped with this headline:

“The Cavaliers are broken. They should make all four of these trades to get on track.”

The weeks leading up to the trade deadline (Feb. 8, this season) are indeed the NBA’s silly season, but no team in the history of the league — especially one that tipped off the season with aspirations of winning a championship — has ever been undertaken.

Still, though, opinions are like… bellybuttons — everyone has one — and Bontemps’ proposals, all with an eye to fixing (in his words) the broken Cavaliers, are certainly interesting to read through.

In summary, here at the four deals Bontemps suggests, resulting in the Cavaliers trading pretty much everyone of note besides LeBron James:

  • 1. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Cleveland’s 2023 second round pick to the Sacramento Kings for George Hill.

  • 2. Kevin Love, Cedi Osman and a second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons for Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley.

  • 3. Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and the Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Dewayne Dedmon.

  • 4. J.R. Smith and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for DeMarre Carroll.

Those moves suggested by Bontemps would result in seven players and four draft choices being swapped out for five players coming in.

It would also have the Cavaliers coming out of it with a starting lineup of James and Harris at forward, Dedmon at center and Hill and Bradley in the backcourt, with the second team consisting of Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver, Carroll and either Tristan Thompson or Jeff Green.

Could all this come to fruition? Sure. Anything is possible. Then again, it’s possible Bigfoot will be banging on my front door come the witching hour.

Will all this happen? Probably not, but at least portions of it could.

It remains for be seen.

9 Comments on "Bontemps: How to fix the ‘broken’ Cavaliers"

  1. Trejean Watkins | January 28, 2018 at 5:11 pm |

    It’s hard to really pinpoint trades that’ll help the cavs in the long run. IT is struggling, JR has been bad, and Thompson is getting paid $80M just to get 2 boards a game. I guess trading for DeAndre Jordan would solve the rim protection problem. Plus getting another floor spacer to take stress off Korver would be nice.

  2. Tristan,Iman,JR,CEDi, and Frye can all go bye bye. Too long to put who we should get but any young 7 foot center/defender or D and 3 SG/SF would be enough to compete for title…Green is great if he just hit 3s we wouldn’t need that kind of player. jr and iman just suck

  3. If we can get kemba Walker or Damian Lillard but that’s not going to happen i.t doesn’t fit with this team he’s a ball hog and hurting Kevin loves game he needs to go asap

  4. Jordan Slider | January 28, 2018 at 5:47 pm |

    To CLE: Deandre, Lou Williams, Mirotic, Jerian Grant
    To Bulls: Tristian Thompson, Cedi Osman, Cavs 1st, Clips 2nd
    To Clips: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Derek Rose, Brooklyn 1st

    Clips save 7m in cap space, only one contract (Crowder) that goes past this season. Bulls pick up draft picks, she’d Grant / Mirotic, pick up Thompson.

    Bulls pick up a 1st & 2nd for Mirotic & Grant, also get Osman.

    Cavs get quality players to infuse into their lineup. Go all-in this year to keep Bron happy.

  5. Only trades that make sense right now is for a superstar! Unless your getting Kwahi or Davis your not getting someone good enough to help beat warriors. Keep Love Keep Lebron and make Trades to get rid of contracts use Cleveland’s own first round pick to unload JR, Tristan, and Iman. For instance Koby should be calling teams like OKC now that’s Roberson is out to take JR or Iman for Expiring and little to nothing. Call Pelicans and Portland for Tristan and get an Expiring like Ed Davis even if you have to add a Crowder or IT do it try and get a late first or two. Call spurs and say hey Love the BKN pick and another first if you can get one for other trades and say that for Leonard? If not hold on til offseason and reload with youth! Paul George, Boogie Cousins, Aaron Gordon things like that plus whatever you draft with BKN pick and you get younger and play for now and future. I hate this lets make a move to make 1 thought. Let’s be smart. Lebron will be better sold if we have an offseason plan rather than more mediocre old guy talent!!!!!

  6. Cavs have no reason to trade Channing Frye. His presence seems to bring energy to the team on the court and chemistry in the locker room. If they are going to trade any of their bigs, it needs to be Tristan Thompson first out the door. Keep Channing and trade Tristan. Channing is on the final year of his big contract. After this season, we will be able to keep him for the veteran minimum. It baffles me why so many trade suggestions include Frye. Thompson is the guy with the $94 million contract who’s numbers do not add up to those kind of figures. Are we not mentioning Thompson’s name because he’s untradeable? If we are making a deal for any player with a hefty contract, then it only makes sense to move Thompson first and rid ourselves of that awful salary. I can only imagine how much better our team would be if we were to swap TT with someone like Deandre Jordan or Marc Gasol. The difference would be night and day. Leave Frye alone.

  7. AMEN ! Preach it Ben.
    Yeah, TT has NOW upped his game the last TWO games, But how long will it last???
    AND moving him to the starter line up has allowed FRYE to get in the game finally. See how much better the bench fares when Frye is in !
    KEEP FRYE–It SPACES THE FLOOR FOR DRIVES & KICKOUT 3’S. That Ain’t happening when TT’s in ???? (He IS moving more and faster finally–must’ve heard the trade rumors) KEEP FRYE–TRADE TT BUT GET SOMEONE WHO VIABLE RIM PROTECTOR & HAS POSSIBILITY TO SHOOT REAL SHOTS–Gasol (love to have someone like OKC’s Adams too… He Puts the ball IN the basket, not just throw it up & hope it goes in.

  8. All for getting Avery Bradley, but Kevin Love will never be involved in that trade. Not even close to equal value.

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