NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Must Pursue Deal with Brooklyn Nets

John RozumCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 19:  Antawn Jamison #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during warm ups against the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on March 19, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers need to add some younger talent and the Brooklyn Nets can help.

As reported by Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio:

According to several tweets from Yahoo Sports, the Cavs have had discussions about sending veteran forward Antawn Jamison to the Nets in a sign-and-trade.

Sources familiar with the talks confirmed the report with FOX Sports Ohio.

Regardless of what could potentially go down between Cleveland and Brooklyn, the Cavaliers have to continue the progression.

Also, according to the report by Amico some names have been mentioned:

Like Jamison, [Kris] Humphries is an unrestricted free agent. Sources say the only way the Nets would sign him is if they are doing it for another team.

The Nets are also said to be aggressively shopping second-year guard MarShon Brooks.

With that said, let's take a look at some reasons why Cleveland must fully pursue in dealing with the Nets.


Younger Talent

Kris Humphries is 27 years old and MarShon Brooks is only in his second season, so either would be able to contribute in Cleveland for a while.

Antawn Jamison turned 36 last month and although he's been a solid player for the Cavs, Cleveland must begin planning long-term. Brooks is a reliable shooting guard who averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 29.4 minutes per game as a rookie.

In addition, Brooks shot 42.8 percent from the field and 76.4 percent from the line while playing in 56 games (starting 47). Humphries on the other hand, is a power forward who possesses the size and athleticism to also contribute at the small forward spot.

Averaging 34.9 minutes per game last season, Humphries scored 13.8 points, grabbed 11 boards, and shot 75.2 percent from the line. In starting 62 games for the Nets, Humphries would see inflated numbers playing with guys like Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.



Last season the Cavaliers didn't get a whole lot of help from the bench. Plus, the starting lineup didn't produce much either as Cleveland finished 21-45. 

Shooting guard Anthony Parker averaged just 7.5 points and 2.4 assists in 51 starts, and rookie point man Kyrie Irving led the team with 18.5 points and only 5.4 assists per game. Brooks however, would bring in reliable, sharpshooting in the backcourt and he's also quick in transition.

Moving to the frontcourt and Anderson Varejao played in 25 games and scored 10.8 points per contest. Alonzo Gee played in 51 games (starting 31), but averaged only 10.6 points. Unsurprisingly, the Cavaliers ranked No. 25 in scoring and No. 23 in assists.

Whether it's Brooks or Humphries or both, Cleveland needs a player who makes the offense more explosive. Or, at the very least a player to keep the rotation strong and reliable.


Planning Ahead

Along with 37-year-old Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison was the aging outlier on a young Cavaliers team. And if Cleveland wants any shot to become, then remain Eastern Conference title contenders youth is needed right now.

Then with age comes experience and the chemistry of building consistency. The team is building around Kyrie Irving and has done well with Tristan Thompson and the 2012 NBA draft. However, the team is not yet complete enough to be in the playoff race for an entire season.

Toward the end of February the Cavs were 13-17 and definitely still alive. Cleveland then finished 8-28 and quickly fell off the map. With even younger talent to build around, the Cavaliers would gradually improve over the next decade (if not more).

Patience if anything is at the core of what Cleveland must possess, because the talent exists. Now, it's simply a matter of sustaining an increase of progression.


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