Cavaliers Trade Rumors: Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye in George Hill Talks

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers may have to part with Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye if they hope to acquire George Hill in a trade.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Shumpert and Frye are the primary pieces being discussed between the Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings for Hill. 

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported the Kings would also receive draft compensation.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on The Jump that the Cavs are "at the one-yard line" to dealing for Hill, via Ali Thanawalla of NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Stein reported Friday that the Cavs were interested in Hill and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers in separate deals. 

Problems continue to mount in Cleveland this season. The three-time defending Eastern Conference champions have gone 3-9 in their last 12 games and rank 28th in defensive efficiency, per Basketball-Reference.com

Frustration appeared to boil over Monday when Wojnarowski reported the Cavaliers held a team meeting prior to practice that included several players challenging Kevin Love's illness that caused him to leave Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder early.

Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post noted Hill ranks in the top 13 percent of NBA defenders with 0.68 points per possession against the pick and roll, but his 0.87 points per possession as the closest defender is worse than Isaiah Thomas (0.70). 

Shumpert has been out since November after having arthroscopic knee surgery. Frye is averaging a career-low 4.1 points per game, though he's shooting a career-best 50.4 percent from the field. 

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