The Cleveland Cavaliers are still exploring for possible deals before the trade deadline on Thursday and are discussing a probable acquisition of Ryan Anderson from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News made the update on Wednesday on Twitter and added that a bigger three-team deal that includes Kevin Love may still be an option for the LeBron James-led squad.
It’s a curious move for Cavaliers targeting Anderson, who is known for being a “stretch four”— big men who has the ability to effectively shoot from behind the arc—considering that they already have star forward Kevin Love, who shares the same position and has a similar skill set with Anderson.
It is not known what sort of offers the Cavaliers have proposed to the Pelicans with regards to the Anderson trade or what New Orleans is demanding for the forward.
Anderson signed a four-year deal worth $34 million in 2012 but is now on the last year of his contract with New Orleans.
The 27-year-old forward will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-2016, which means that the Pelicans will most likely lose him for nothing in free agency if he signs with another NBA team.
The Pelicans have struggled in the first half of the season and are considered one of the disappointing teams this season especially as they made the playoffs last year.
New Orleans owns a 20-33 win-loss card through the NBA All-Star break but they are just 6.5 games back off eighth place team Utah Jazz (26-26) in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are the top team in the Eastern Conference but the franchise is still looking to be aggressive on the trade front. Cleveland is looking to improve its current roster to have a better shot at the likes of the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, Western teams that are pegged to make the NBA Finals.
Here is one probable Anderson to Cleveland deal that works under the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement’s(NBA CBA) trade rules, via ESPN’s Trade Machine:
Cleveland Cavaliers – New Orleans Pelicans Trade:
Ryan Anderson ($8.5M) for Iman Shumpert ($8.99M) + 2016 second round pick (from L.A. Clippers)
Why Cavs/Pelicans should jump at this NBA rumor:
For the Cavs, they add depth in the frontcourt without giving up much. Anderson will serve as a back-up on both forward positions and provide scoring off the bench, much needed especially in the offseason.
Anderson obviously stretches the floor with the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving having more room to operate for penetrations.
For the Pelicans, they get a potential effective “3 and D” player in Shumpert, who is under contract until the 2018-2019 season. They won’t lose Anderson for nothing in the upcoming 2016 free agency and add what could be a vital piece as they try to surround star big man Anthony Davis with talent moving forward.
The second round pick (acquired by the Cavs from the Clippers in a previous deal) could also net a prospect in the future.
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