The reported blockbuster trade of Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets involves a number of teams and a number of different players. The Cleveland Cavaliers are one such team that would be involved in the deal, which sees Orlando receiving Nets players Brook Lopez, Damion James, Shelden Williams, and Armon Johnson and Luke Walton, the a fourth team getting MarShon Brooks, and the Cavaliers receiving Kris Humphries, the power forward from Brooklyn, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first-round pick, and a bit of cash.
But do the Cavaliers really need to bring in Kris Humphries? It just does not seem like a deal that works for both parties.
For one, the Cavaliers are a team on the rise, with a star point guard Kyrie Irving, young and unproven rookies in Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller, as well as emerging power forward Tristan Thompson. What does Humphries bring to the table for them?
Don't get me wrong. Humphries is a solid temporary option until Tristan Thompson can fully develop into a solid starter, but Humphries happens to be seeking a long-term deal with the Cavaliers if he's traded there. He already comes with a one-year guaranteed deal if the trade goes through, but after that the Cavaliers would not want to resign him.
This would take away valuable minutes from their stud sophomore player in Thompson. Thompson really came into his own last year, ending up with season averages of 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and around 21 minutes a game. He was a starter for 25 of the 60 games the Cavaliers played.
Humphries, on the other hand, is guaranteed to bring a double-double every night. One of the most underrated rebounders in the game, he's a player that could also be had in free agency next year if the Cavs really wanted to bring someone like him on board.
But he's not someone they'd be willing to sign for the long-term, even though he's currently a little better than Thompson.The best part of this deal revolves around the Cavs receiving another first round pick as well as back-up Sundiata Gaines.
But is an extra pick and Gaines worth giving quality minutes to a player you don't plan on keeping long term? And is it worth aiding the rise of another super-team in the East and allowing the Brooklyn Nets to acquire drama-inducing center Dwight Howard?
Cavs fans today are split on the proposed deal. Some like the one-year rental, and some do not. One of the most passionate and opinionated fan bases in the NBA, they have all taken to Twitter and the Internet to sound off on their thoughts.
But if you ask me, at this point, the Cavs should look elsewhere.
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