Cavaliers Rumors: Reviewing Latest Trade Chatter Before 2018 Deadline Day

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2018

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a tailspin right now, and that could make for a busy trade deadline.

A 6-12 stretch of games has dropped them to third in the Eastern Conference standings, and they were absolutely demolished by the Houston Rockets on Saturday in a 120-88 loss.

That's been enough for some to move them into the "sellers" category as the calendar turned to February, but with free agency looming for LeBron James, sitting on their hands or selling off key pieces might only serve to punch his ticket out of town.

So what can we realistically expect to see from them before the trade deadline passes?

Even with All-Star Kevin Love sidelined with a broken hand, the team's most pressing needs still appear to be finding a legitimate rim protector and a guard who can be a consistent threat from deep.

Let's take a quick trip around the rumor mill for the latest rumblings out of Cleveland.

            

George Hill Still a Possibility?

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According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, a trade to acquire point guard George Hill from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert—and possibly Derrick Rose—was "close to done" two weeks ago.

The Kings' motivation for moving Hill would be shedding some of the $19 million he's owed next season, though the front office might not be looking for a simple salary dump since he's been productive and a positive locker room presence.

"Hill hasn't caused problems in the locker room, even though he's coming off the bench. He's formed great relationships with young players like Bogdan Bogdanovic and De'Aaron Fox. And the Kings front office really likes having Hill around," Jones wrote.

The Cavs might also feel compelled to hold on to Frye, given his expanded role in Love's absence.

It's still possible the two sides strike a deal, but for now, this rumor seems to have cooled.

        

Willing to Trade the Brooklyn Nets Pick in the Right Deal.

Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer wrote: "I keep hearing the Cavs absolutely won't trade the Brooklyn draft pick. That's not true. I've heard from top league sources the Cavs will do it—but not for a short-term answer such as DeAndre Jordan. That's because Jordan can become a free agent at the end of the season."

That's an interesting development, as the unprotected pick is all but certain to be a lottery selection with the Nets currently sitting at 19-35 on the year.

So who might the Cavs target if they do shop the pick?

One player immediately comes to mind...

     

Interest in Kemba Walker

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on Zach Lowe's Lowe Post podcast on Monday, and one interesting takeaway was the fact that the Cavaliers and Hornets have "definitely talked," with the likely subject being point guard Kemba Walker.

The sub-.500 Hornets are actively shopping the 27-year-old, and a number of teams have kicked the tires, so there might not be anything more to this than due-diligence.

However, that Nets pick could make for an interesting bargaining chip.

Walker is owed a reasonable $12 million next season before reaching unrestricted free agency, so he'd be more than just a hired gun as the Cavs prepare for life with or without LeBron next season.

An All-Star for the first time last year, Walker is averaging 22.7 points and 5.9 assists per game this season. He would give Cleveland the second high-volume scoring option that Isaiah Thomas has not been to this point and perhaps a piece to build around if LeBron departs.

         

All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference, unless otherwise noted. Salary information via Spotrac.

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