Would a deal with Mavs be good for Cavs?

Nerlens Noel of the Mavericks is currently sidelined as he recovers after thumb surgery.

With trade winds beginning to blow with some gusto, two things mentioned most often in terms of what could help the Cleveland Cavaliers and what they be casting a net for are a 3-and-D wing player and a big guy.

That having been said, how do Wesley Matthews and Nerlens Noel grab you, Cavalier fans?

With both Matthews, 31, and Noel, 23, headed to unrestricted free agency after this season, the Dallas Mavericks are said to be open to receiving offers for both.

Nate Duncan reported on his Dunc’d On NBA Podcast that both Matthews and Noel would be good fits for the struggling Cavaliers (26-16).

Matthews certainly fits the bill as a 3-and-D guy. A 6-foot-5, 220-pound swingman, he has the size, toughness, shooting ability and all-around floor game, especially as a solid wing defender who can space the floor with his 3-point ability, to help a contender.

The 6-11, 228-pound Noel remains sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to return in February.

Noel has a no-trade clause in his contract, but would all but assuredly waive it for an opportunity to play for a team such as Cleveland.

As Bryan Kalbrosky of Hoops Hype points out, only Jayson Tatum (1.20) and Tobias Harris (1.18) are in front of Matthews this season in the NBA terms of most points per possession (1.17 PPP) on spot-up plays. Coincidentally, the Cavaliers score more efficiently on that type of play than anyone else in the league.

Further, the 31-year-old Matthews is shooting at a 39.7 percent clip on catch-and-shoot attempts this season, the sixth-best mark in the NBA for those with enough chances. The Cavaliers rank in the top five in the NBA in taking that type of shot.

On the season, Matthews, out of Marquette University, is averaging 12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.3 minutes per game for the Mavericks, while shooting 38.4 percent from 3 and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line. He has started 42 of the 43 games he’s played for the Mavericks this season.

Noel has played but 18 games for Dallas this season, starting six. He was averaging 4.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. Prior to injury his thumb, the University of Kentucky product had fallen out of coach Rick Carlisle’s rotation.

Of course, salaries are a big part of any trade. Matthews is making $17,884,176 this season and has a player option for 2018-19 which calls for him to be paid $18,622,514. Noel is earning $4,187,599 this season.

Kalbrosky pointed out a deal sending J.R. Smith, Channing Frye and Cedi Osman to Dallas in exchange for Matthews and Noel works in terms of making the money work.

Would the Cavaliers consider such a swap?

After all, Matthews would be a definite upgrade on what they are receiving from Smith this season and Noel, despite riding the pine in Dallas before he was injured, still carries career averages of 9.5 points, 7.2 board, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots in 26.3 minutes per game, shooting 52.1 percent from the floor.

A 3-and-D guy and a young rim protector. What’s not to like, if you are the Cavaliers? Surrendering Osman would hurt, but the future is most definitely now in Cleveland.

How about the Mavericks? Would receiving a promising, young, highly active wing in Osman as the centerpiece of a deal be enough to move two guys who they are going to most likely lose to free agency next summer? Would Dallas demand a draft choice to seal the deal?

As always, stay tuned.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.

13 Comments on "Would a deal with Mavs be good for Cavs?"

  1. Hurts that Cavs prolly couldnt resign Noel because of no bird rights. Is 3 months of Noel worth 4-5 years of Osman? That would be hard for me, but if u think this gets u to finals, you prolly say yes.

  2. Like the idea of Noel and Matthews, hate the idea of giving up Cedi Osman, about the only player on the roster that shows anything resembling hustle every time he hits the floor.

  3. Good prospect on Noel & Matthews, But giving up Cedi & Frye right now, (if played right,) they along with D-wade & Green are what kept the bench going so well until Lue messed it up with TT’s return. Upside from Nerlens/Wesley might help defense & some offense, but the loss on those particular players not working for me.
    Something along the line of TT, Shump, JR, picks, etc, cash,,,,,anything (even “Lue-ser”) but “The Bench”. We had a very Hot bench for that winning streak, but it’s gone by wayside by LUE-SER’s continued stubbornness to play TT, instead of FRYE. And Cedi is just beginning to catch his stride with a lot of energy. We REALLY need that right NOW.
    It’s Frye that stretches the floor for the bench, & Lue chooses not to see that.

  4. Why on earth would Dallas take JR and his contract? Cedi shows hustle, but he has no offensive game to speak of so he wouldn’t prevent me from trading him. But this deal makes no sense for Dallas unless of course they see something in Cedi that I don’t.

  5. 2 trades:

    1. Trade TT to Dallas for Noel & 2nd rd pick OR Trade TT to NY for O’Quinn & 2nd rd pick

    2. Trade Cavs 1st & JR to ATL for Bazemore
    Might have to throw in Cedi or ..

    *Result would give u a big upgrade at the 2 & improved shot blocking & off w/ Noel or improved Shot blocking, Off, and toughness w/ O’Quinn.

    *Still have Brooklyn pick & early 2nd

    • I love the idea of Bazemore as our starting SG… But would Noel even get to start if we got him? We need a center who can start now and keep Love at PF where he belongs. Personally, I think nay center we get in exchange for Thompson would be an upgrade. Deandre Jordan is still #1 for me… I just wish there was a way we could get both Jordan and Bazemore.

  6. Macky de Claro | January 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm | Reply

    The Cavs should trade JR Smith,Thompson and Schumpert, whatever it takes, for them to make it to the playoffs and ECF. And if need be, replace Lue with another coach, perhaps Jackson. Now, going back to the past, one may think that the Knicks made a good move when they traded Smith and Schumpert to the Cavs.

  7. That still doesn;t take care of our TT problem. We need to attach the curse to any trade we make in order for it to be a good deal. Trade Thompson or bust!

    • I think we need to consider trading Thomas and Crowder. Trading Thompson is a given, and trading JR Smith looks to be necessary at this point, but is the Nets pick going to be enough to move them both? I think we need to make a huge move, possibly a 3 team deal in order to acquire all the pieces we need, while moving the pieces that we should move. We all know that Thomas will most likely be gone after this season. We certainly can;t be thinking about paying him a max contract, and we all know that some bottom feeder who needs to reach the salary floor will give him a big payday. Trade Thomas now while we can get some value in return. The trade deadline is the best time to deal. Hell, I’d take Bazemore and Schroeder from ATL in exchange for Thomas and Smith. We need to get younger, more athletic, and better defensively.

  8. I’d take Kent Bazemore or Tyreke Evans as my top preferences, and I also think that Wesley Matthews would be a better fit than JR or Shumert. It might help defense to keep Shumpert, at Bazemore or Tyreke or Matthews and trade JR Smith… IN THE POST, PF’s are also options as shot blockers = Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Kenneth Faried… (Wilson Chandler might be an SF option?) AT CENTER. Tristan is Okay to add Nerlens Noel to, and move Love to PF1 and Jeff Green to PF2 and Crowder to SF2, but I also like DeWayne Desmond, Kyle O’Quinn, Derrick Favors, Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol and a few other options, some of those options could join TT or be traded for TT… Probably need to trade JR Smith or Shumpert with Cedi and/or Holland, and maybe Frye and/or Zizic for some of the options above. TT is an option to keep or trade if replaced with a top Center + backup Center… such as trading TT for Gasol or Derrick Favors, and also adding Nerlens Noel… IDEALLY BAZEMORE + NERLENS while keeping TT, and trading JR or Shumpert for Bazemore… Bob

    • The Cavs need to be trading TT, not acquiring guys to play second fiddle to him. TT simply no longer fits the Cavs roster, especially with his horrible contract.

  9. Cant we trade or fire tyron lue please? if we trade noel & wesley, we will become current situation, if we didnt trade lue

  10. Like the trade if you find a way to keep find a way to keep Cedi …… Believe Noel would be excellent fit and be fairly easy to re-sign if he thought he was going to be the starting center. Believe he’s tired of being the second option …..

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