NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Players Cleveland Cavaliers Should Target Through Trade

Greg Swartz@@CavsGregBRCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterNovember 9, 2011

NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Players Cleveland Cavaliers Should Target Through Trade

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    If there's one thing a lockout is good for, it gives management lots of extra time to evaluate their own team and other teams' talent.

    Call it an early Christmas wish list if you will, but every team in the league has a number of players that they plan on pursuing through free agency or trade once the season starts back up again. 

    While the free-agent class is nothing to go crazy over, the Cleveland Cavaliers may be wise to work the trade market instead.

    Here are five players the Cavaliers could pursue through a trade.

Xavier Henry

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    Why the Cavs Need Him

    Henry may not be a household name, but his future in the NBA could be very bright.

    The former 12th overall pick and two-time Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year struggled in his rookie season in Memphis, mostly buried behind Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo.

    Hailed as an excellent shooter, Henry could flourish with good minutes in Cleveland as a backcourt partner with Kyrie Irving.

    The Cavaliers lacked offense out of the 2-spot last season, something the 20-year-old Henry could instantly provide.

Wilson Chandler

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    Why the Cavs Need Him

    Chandler is an athletic shooting guard/small forward who fills a lot of needs for Cleveland. 

    The current Nugget and former Knick is an athletic scorer from the inside and out, netting 15.3 points a game last season.

    An above-average defender, his athleticism would be used to guard some of the game's best wing players, something the Cavaliers had no answer to for much of last season.

    Still young (24) and inexpensive ($3 million in last year of his rookie deal), Cleveland should make a play for the former DePaul star.

Rudy Gay

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    Why the Cavs Need Him

    Rudy Gay in Cleveland may just be a dream at this point, but it shouldn't necessarily be written off.

    Gay has seemingly recovered from last season's injury, taking part in many charity games this offseason.

    His scoring ability is among the elite in the league, and his ability to guard wing players may be just as valuable.

    Regardless of what Memphis wants to be, they remain a mid-market team and will have to make some big financial decisions soon with Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo looking for extensions in the near future.

    Cleveland should do the kind thing and offer to take Gay's contract off their books.

Marvin Williams

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    Why the Cavs Need Him

    I've long been a fan of Williams' skill set, and have no doubt that a change of scenery is just what the former Tar Heel needs.

    Despite playing in the league for six seasons, Williams is still just 25 years old and should be entering the prime of his career.

    A skilled scorer from all over the floor, Williams has seen his role and minutes reduced in Atlanta by the desire to move Al Horford out of the center spot to power forward, thus moving Josh Smith to small forward and Williams to the bench.

    While his stats have taken a hit recently, the former second overall pick could still be a force in the league given the minutes and opportunity. 

    He'd find both in Cleveland.

Al Jefferson

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    Why the Cavs Need Him

    Jefferson arguably went on the trading block the moment Utah selected Enes Kanter in June's draft.

    With a PER of over 20 last season, Big Al had a somewhat quiet season for the Jazz for someone whose stats (18.6 points, 9.7 rebounds a game) should have made a lot of noise.

    The center position for the Cavs was depleted last season, and a force like Jefferson could completely transform what Cleveland could do both on offense and defense.

    Due to his potential availability and inside presence, the Cavaliers should definitely make a play for Jefferson.