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Could the Cleveland Cavaliers have an interest in Los Angeles Clippers shooting whiz Lou Williams to help boost the bench?
That’s a question posed by basketball website HoopsHype, which wrote Williams may indeed become the trade target of several playoff contenders.
As for the Cavs specifically, HoopsHype wrote:
“Earlier this week, we discussed a rumor that would send DeAndre Jordan to the Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas. It’s worth mentioning that in a deal like that, Cleveland big man Tristan Thompson could also head to Los Angeles in exchange for Williams.
“Williams would be a fascinating option for the Cavs because, unlike Thomas, he does not have to be the lead option to succeed.”
Now, before we go much further, let me start by saying the Cavs do not have an interest in a trade of Thomas for Jordan. They do have an interest in Jordan, but it seems mostly like a passing interest, and they wouldn’t include Thomas in a deal.
At least, that’s where things appear to stand as of this moment.
As for Thompson, yes, the Cavs would be willing to move him. They’re not actively seeking to ship him off, but you can be sure Thompson’s name will circle the rumor mill as we move closer to the league’s Feb. 8 trade deadline.
Now, a trade of Thompson for Williams isn’t likely anything that’s being considered and wouldn’t work, salary-wise, as a straight-up deal anyway.
But HoopsHype is right about several things here:
1. The Cavs have an interest in Jordan.
2. While not feeling desperate, the Cavs are open to moving Thompson.
3. The Cavs would have an interest in Williams, should he truly be made available.
Williams, 31, is a 6-foot-1 shooting guard and is having a career season. He’s averaging 20.8 points on 44 percent shooting, all while coming off the bench in his first season with the Clippers.
And he does have some Cavs connections.
“Williams was coached by Larry Drew in 2012 on the Hawks,” HoopsHype noted. “Drew is now the associate head coach for the Cavaliers. Cleveland’s Kyle Korver was one of his teammates on the Hawks from 2012 until 2014. Williams also played alongside Korver from 2005 until 2008 in Philadelphia.”
The Clippers are in a bit of a transitional phase and have no illusions of winning an NBA title as currently constructed. But they do want to build around star forward Blake Griffin, and they are looking to find younger players with promise.
That said, they are likely to seek a nice return if they are to part with Williams.
Either way, all we can say for now is if he is ever rumored to be truly available, yes, you can be sure the Cavs will make a call.