The Cleveland Cavaliers strengthened their chance in defending their throne with the recent acquisition of Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks. However, LeBron James urges his team to continue to improve their roster, especially in getting a reliable point guard.
“We still got a couple more things we need to do,” James said. We gotta get a point guard,” James said. “It’s my last time saying it. We need a point guard.”
Recalling in the recent off-season, they lost Matthew Dellavedova and Mo Williams. Though they have rookie Kay Felder on their roster, he still needs to gain more experience to be considered as their primary backup point guard. As the February deadline draws near, the Cavaliers should look for a quality point guard whether on the free agency or trade market.
Here are the four point guards the Cleveland Cavaliers could target before the February deadline:
After being out of the Bulls’ rotation, Rajon Rondo is expected to demand a trade and find his way out of Chicago. Since he joined the Bulls in the recent free agency, some people already predicted that he will not work out in a team who desperately needs a three-point shooter. If he comes available, the Cavaliers could consider him for a backcourt upgrade.
The Cavaliers could benefit on Rondo’s ability to construct and conduct an offense. A good playmaker like Rondo will undeniably boost the Cavaliers’ second unit filled with sharpshooters. However, acquiring Rondo would also mean that the Cavaliers should give up at least a future first-round pick.
Mario Chalmers remains a free agent and continuously recovering from the injury he obtained last season. In October, Marc Stein of ESPN revealed that the Cavaliers were interested in acquiring Chalmers when he’s ready to play again.
“Separate from the Smith saga, rumbles persist that Cleveland has a strong interest in reuniting LeBron James with his old Miami teammate Mario Chalmers when the veteran point guard is sufficiently healthy to return from Achilles surgery in March,” Stein wrote.
Chalmers and LeBron James played together in Miami, where they won two NBA championship titles. Aside from being a reliable point guard, Chalmers is also a reliable three-pointer shooter giving the Cavaliers another floor spacer. Since he’s a free agent, the Cavaliers could sign him to a veteran minimum.
The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly eyeing to rebuild their roster if they fail to enter the playoffs. The Mavericks are currently 11-26, tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves as the last team in the Western Conference. They could start the rebuilding process by moving their veterans, including 32-year-old guard Deron Williams.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com revealed that Williams is on the Cavaliers’ radar. The three-time NBA All-Star could play at 1 and 2, making him a good fit for a defending champion. In a suggested trade scenario by King James Gospel, the Cavaliers could swap Jordan McRae and 2018 first-round pick for Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut.
With the rise of Kris Dunn, Ricky Rubio could be on his way out of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Before the start of the season, Rubio revealed his plan to leave the Timberwolves if they fail to make the playoffs. So far, the Timberwolves are 11-26, tied with the Dallas Mavericks in the last place in the Western Conference.
The 26-year-old Spanish guard isn’t an efficient three-point shooter. But he plays an intelligent defense and has an amazing court vision. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers need to give up Iman Shumpert if they want to acquire Ricky Rubio from the Timberwolves.
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