If Clippers’ Williams available, yes, Cavs may ask

Lou Williams of the Clippers lit up Golden State for a career-high 50 points, including 27 in the third quarter, Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

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.

16 Comments on "If Clippers’ Williams available, yes, Cavs may ask"

  1. Brett A Bland | December 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm |

    What would be some other possibilities for shooting guard for the Cavs?

    • Don McCormack Don McCormack | December 31, 2017 at 5:57 pm |

      Hey, Brett… I’d keep an eye on teams that are struggling or underachieving as the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaches. There are sure to be several guys available as we head toward that date and the Cavaliers have some guys and draft picks (especially their own first-round selection in 2018, which is not nearly as valuable as the Brooklyn pick they own) to make some moves. To your question, specifically, guys’ names are sure to surface in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

      • maybe Tyreke Evans or Jordan Clarkson?

        I seriously don’t get how Cavs would be considering trading IT when he’s just getting started

        • Don McCormack Don McCormack | December 31, 2017 at 7:36 pm |

          Hey, Marc… I don’t see the Cavaliers trading IT, either. They’ve invested too much time, effort and patience on helping him return to health to send him packing. Evans and Clarkson are interesting thoughts. Evans has battled so many injuries, not sure if Cleveland would want to take on another guy who’s been bitten so many times by the dreaded injury bug. As for Clarkson, he’s said to be being made available by the Lakers, and he’s young and athletic. Not sure, though, if he has any one, single skill that would provide a huge upgrade. I do like the way you think, though… thanks for reading!

  2. The cavaliers are so innundated with small players that adding lou williams would be right up lue’s alley of a four guard lineup. Thomas, rose,williams, korver(shumpert,smith,calderone) two more guards with two way contracts holland and perrenes. This is a high school sized team

    • Don McCormack Don McCormack | December 31, 2017 at 11:07 pm |

      Hey, William… while small-ball is most definitely the rage in the NBA at this stage, it’s difficult to fathom any team, including the Cavaliers, going that small. Anyway, thanks for reading!

  3. The problem with the Cavs roster is that they have two players, if not three players, namely TT, JR and Shump all on pretty horrible contracts for the output they are giving. Makes it quite hard to move them for better pieces. Id love Lou Williams, but salaries don’t match in a trade for any of the three players I mentioned. Ideally Id love to move JR and replace him as starting SG with Williams. There are a couple of other players Id like, Nerlens Noel over Jordan would be my preference. Alternatively Julius Randle seeing as he appears up for trade.

    • Don McCormack Don McCormack | January 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm |

      Hey, Steve… The Cavaliers are not along in having some contracts that are, being kind, less-than-appealing for the team. Every team in the league has them, it’s the price of doing business, and every team is searching for a fit to move them off their books. The names you mentioned — Williams, Noel, Jordan and Randle — are all interesting. As you said, though, it’s all about making the money work… thanks for reading!

  4. I’d take Clarkson over Lou Williams in a New York Minute. like you said, he’s younger and more athletic then Lou, and also a better Defender, not that he’s a great defender. He could also handle the ball better than Lou. I want more athletic guys that can defend extremely well, rather than more older that’s like Lou, who can’t defend.

    What about Kent Bazemore? If Atlanta keeps losing, can’t he be a very good option? I don’t think the Knicks would be so ecstatic about trading Courtney Lee, but he would also be a much better option. What are your thoughts

    • Don McCormack Don McCormack | January 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm |

      Hi, Brad.. I would tend to agree with you in that the Cavaliers could use more Swiss Army Knife-type of guys, players who can do multiple things well as opposed to doing one aspect of the game very well, but struggling in others. In other words, like everything Cleveland does, with an eye on a potential Round IV against Golden State come June. To that end, I agree, Clarkson would appear to fit the bill.

      As for Bazemore, he’s interesting. He has the size, toughness and athleticism to help a good team, which the Atlanta Hawks certainly are not… the worst team, record-wise, in the league, in fact. Problem I see with him is his contract. He signed a two-tear deal with Atlanta back in July, with a player option for 2019-20. That deal pays him $16,910,113 this season, $18,089,887 next season and the player option is for $19,269,662. Tristan Thompson’s contact is a match, but who knows if Atlanta would make that deal?

      Finally, Courtney Lee is having a terrific season for the Knicks, you’re correct. He signed a four-year contract in July of 2016 that is paying him $11,747,890 this season, $12,253,780 in 2018-19 and $12,759,670 in 2019-20. The Cavaliers do have some contracts that match up, but it’s difficult to seethe Knicks taking back the likes of Iman Shumpert or J.R. Smith back in return Lee. It never hurts to ask, though!… thanks for reading!

  5. I don’t see the cavs trading IT either, would be a bold move considering what they have invested in him and what they need now. What about a big trade with the clippers? They have a few interesting players like Beverley (seeked a lot by cavs), trading for him Lou Williams and Jordan for a core of TT-Shump-JR and the cavs own first round could do?

    • Don McCormack Don McCormack | January 1, 2018 at 11:56 am |

      Hi, Luca… I agree, the Clippers do have some interesting chips in which to play as the Feb. 8 deadline is on the horizon. As fas the guys you mentioned, Patrick Beverley is off the table. He had microfracture and meniscus surgery on his knee back in November and will miss the rest of the season. As our main man here at AmicoHoops.net has pointed out, both Jordan an Williams would intrigue the Cavaliers. If the two teams can find middle ground, anything is on the table. Thanks for reading!

  6. @Don McCormack :- we need a another good 3pts shooter, why cant we consider about demarcus cousins over deandre? he is a good 3pts shooter and better free throw shooter, he also free agent this season? cant we give netpick + tristian + shumpert for him.

    • Don McCormack Don McCormack | January 2, 2018 at 1:00 am |

      Hey, Sean… Boogie is such an enigma! He is without question one of the most talented big guys in the game. There’s not much he can’t do… when he wants to. He would bring a lot more to the Cavaliers than Jordan, no doubt, at least in my mind. My only problem is, I can’t shake the feeling the Cavaliers will not be willing to move the Brooklyn pick… unless LeBron lets them know he’s sticking around. That pick, which should be relatively high (yes, I realize Brooklyn won again last night), is in a very deep draft and I’m not sure the team would be willing to surrender it. Feeling here is the Cavaliers are banking that pick, saving it for the rainy day if/when LeBron decides to hang his hat elsewhere, again, so they can start the rebuild with a solid, young guy. I like the way you think, though. I’m just not convinced Cleveland would give up that Brooklyn pick for Boogie. As you mentioned, he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season, so the Cavaliers would most definitely be going “all in” by making that deal. Should be high drama and a ton of intrigue headed toward the Feb. 8 trade deadline, for sure… thanks for reading!

      • Would be suicide for the Cavs to sacrifice the Brooklyn pick for anyone entering or eligible for free agency at seasons end.

  7. Don McCormack Don McCormack | January 2, 2018 at 12:33 pm |

    Hey, Steve… One-year rentals don’t make much sense, I agree, when it comes to that pick. It really does represent the future of this franchise… thanks for reading!

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