The signing of five-time All-Star forward Kevin Love to a four-year, $120 million extension and the subsequent acquisitions of forwards David Nwaba and Sam Dekker (as our own Sam Amico opined) should be considered prudent decisions, according to a report.
Evan Dammarell, writing for Forbes.com, praised the moves.
“Even the Cavaliers rumored roster moves have been underwhelming after Love’s extension,” he writes. “Cleveland was linked to a trade that would send Kyle Korver to the Philadelphia 76ers for point guard Jerryd Bayless. Nothing has really come to fruition in sending Korver back to the team that drafted him.
“Perhaps that might be the best thing for Cleveland, though. When it comes to the trade involving Korver and Philadelphia, getting Bayless in return would be a massive loss for the Cavaliers. Currently, the Cavaliers have three point guards on their roster with Collin Sexton, George Hill and Jordan Clarkson. Adding Bayless to that would just muddy the rotation and stunt Sexton’s development. That and the Cavaliers did trade a protected first to obtain Korver and should seek a similar value when shopping him.”
Another rumored deal doesn’t make sense for Cleveland, either, according to Dammarell.
“The Houston Rockets are supposedly interested in J.R. Smith, but there is not a lot that would interest Cleveland in pulling the trigger,” he writes. “The Cavaliers are in flux, looking to contend while rebuilding on the fly, and probably cannot make moves that satisfy the team’s goals.”
The one exception for the Cavaliers being the re-signing of restricted free-agent swingman Rodney Hood, though not mentioned in the report.