While it may not be the deal that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been holding out hope for, it is still a solid haul.
According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Cleveland, the Phoenix Suns have made an offer of Eric Bledsoe, Dragan Bender and the Miami Heat’s 2018 first-round draft pick in exchange for Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving.
Bender is a solid prospect and although the Cavs have preferred Josh Jackson, Bender was the 4th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and packs a ton of upside.
Bender is tall and can shoot which is a very valuable asset to have in today’s NBA.
Let’s not forget that Eric Bledsoe would be headed to Cleveland as well and he is coming off of the best year of his career.
Not only is Bledsoe a fearless, high-volume scorer, he was also one of the Suns’ best defenders.
While this package doesn’t net the Cavs Jackson or Devin Booker, this allows them a proven starter of All-Star caliber, a high end prospect with a high ceiling and a draft pick to help them in the future.
Considering the reluctance of teams such as Phoenix and the Denver Nuggets to meet the trade demands of Cleveland, this may be the best deal that Cleveland has and will have on the table.
With Irving gone and LeBron James likely on his way out soon as well the Cavs need to be thinking about the future and young assets to stack in order to forge forward after Irving and James’ eventual departures.
This package gives them value for now and assets for the future as well.
Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late
The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.
Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.
“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”
Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood
Hood heads over to Portland for a pair of 2nd round picks, one in 2021 and another in 2023, Nik Stauskas, and Wade Baldwin, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Rodney is an accomplished NBA player that brings versatility, shot making and depth to our perimeter and will fit seamlessly into our culture and style of play,” Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in an official team statement.
Hood, 26, has poured in 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and two assists per game this season for Cleveland.
Hood had to agree to the trade because he signed a one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer last summer with Cleveland, which granted him veto rights.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Discusses Trade Possibility
With the NBA Trade Deadline around the corner, the rumor mill is heating up and a number of names are being tossed around as potential players that could be moved to a new team.
One of the names that could be on the move is Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Tristan Thompson.
Thompson is understanding that it’s a business, and that anything can happen, including the possibility that he could be sent to a new team at the deadline.
“Blake Griffin got traded,” Thompson said , according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
“At the end of the day, if the trade is right and the pieces are guys they feel can help the franchise moving forward, I’m totally understanding. It’s a business. If you don’t have a no-trade clause, anything can happen.”
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