Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are reportedly trading Iman Shumpert and Mo Williams for Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
At the start of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers remain undefeated and looking determined to defend the title. However, despite a good start, there are speculations that they are still eyeing to upgrade their roster by adding another veteran point guard on their team.
The Cavaliers lost Matthew Dellavedova in the recent free agency after receiving a decent offer from the Milwaukee Bucks. Mo Williams, who is expected to retire, is still not reaching an agreement with the Cavaliers, who need a roster spot and a backup point guard.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Cavaliers are eyeing to dump Mo Williams’ salary by pairing him with either Jordan McRae or Iman Shumpert in a trade deal. If the Cavaliers would want a quality backup point guard in return, they should consider dealing Shumpert than McRae.
Last month, Zach Lowe of ESPN revealed that there are several NBA teams who have inquired about the availability of Iman Shumpert via trade, including the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Keep an eye on Iman Shumpert. Several teams, including Minnesota, have inquired about his availability in the past few weeks and gotten the impression Cleveland is ready to talk, according to several league sources. The Cavs won’t salary-dump Shump for nothing, but given their tax situation, cutting payroll by a few million promises exponential savings,” Lowe revealed in his article.
In a suggested trade scenario, the Cavaliers could send Iman Shumpert and Mo Williams to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio. This works on the ESPN trade machine. With their goal to repeat as an NBA champion, giving the primary backup point guard spot to a rookie is quite risky.
Kay Felder might have impressed in the past preseason games, but he obviously needs more experience in the league. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com revealed that the Cavaliers are answering calls inquiring about Shumpert but they have no intention to deal him.
“Keep in mind, Cleveland also has a trade exception worth about $11 million, the expiring contract of Mo Williams ($2.2 million) and Jordan McRae to deal. So if it is Rubio they want, they don’t have to trade Shumpert to get him,” Vardon said.
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