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Cavaliers Rumors: Trade Buzz Surrounding George Hill, Marc Gasol and Others

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2018

Sacramento Kings guard George Hill (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski/Associated Press

With a 116-98 loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers are now 6-13 in their last 19 games as the wheels have abruptly fallen off for the defending Eastern Conference champs.

That said, with the impending free agency of LeBron James and a roster built to win now, they remain one the more compelling teams in the league leading up to the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

Will they buy? Sell? Both? Neither?

One persistent rumor has been the team's interest in Sacramento Kings point guard George Hill.

Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports offered up the following:

"The Cavaliers continue to engage Sacramento on George Hill, sources told Yahoo Sports, and the Kings have quietly been looking for a third team to involve. The Cavs—who have little interest in taking on the $19 million Hill is owed next season—have pushed for J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to be part of the package, a source said, which the Kings have no interest in. Cleveland has shown a willingness to part with its own first-round pick in other deals, but thus far trading the coveted unprotected Brooklyn Nets pick has not been seriously considered."

The Cavs have been kicking the tires on Hill for a few weeks now, with Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reporting that a trade that would have sent Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and possibly Derrick Rose to the Kings was "close to done" two weeks ago before talks broke off.

Hill, 31, is averaging 10.3 points and 2.8 assists per game while shooting a career-high 45.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Aside from some vague interest in Charlotte Hornets star Kemba Walker, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Zach Lowe's Lowe Post podcast, the team has not been linked to any top-tier talent.

However, Lowe did speculate on another interesting name on Monday night: "Marc Gasol makes a ton of sense as a Nets pick target, but the Grizzlies appear happy to stand pat; the two teams have had no dialogue about any Gasol-centric deal, per league source."

Marc Gasol
Marc GasolBrandon Dill/Associated Press

Reports have varied on the team's willingness to part with that pick, so take all of that with a grain of salt.

As far as other potential short-term additions, the Cavs still need a rim-protector, with guys like DeAndre Jordan, Robin Lopez and Tyson Chandler among the readily available bigs.

There hasn't been much movement on that front to this point either, though.

If they can find a way to unload one or both of Shumpert and Smith while adding a complementary piece and holding on to that presumptive lottery pick from the Nets, it would qualify as a successful deadline.

One way or another, we'll know before week's end what the immediate future holds for the Cleveland roster.

        

All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference, unless otherwise noted.

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