The Cleveland Cavaliers are in significant peril at the moment, even with LeBron James on the roster and history on their side. As currently constructed, few believe that the Cavaliers are actually title contenders and, given the presence of James, that is the only prism that actually matters.
With that in mind, it is easy to turn to the trade market for theoretical help but, in looking a bit deeper, Cleveland’s assets aren’t necessarily attractive in a broad sense, especially when removing the already infamous Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected first round pick from the equation. To that end, the Nets pick has been thrown around in rumors for a while and, on Monday, Zach Lowe of ESPN unearthed it in discussing the Cavs and Hornets getting together on a deal for Kemba Walker.
Part of the issue with the Brooklyn pick is that, well, there isn’t a top-level player available that would be worthy of that kind of investment. Walker, though, may be the best player that is theoretically on the market and Lowe indicates that “the two sides have at talked at least vaguely” discussed a move at this point.