With LeBron James returning, experts expect this squad to challenge again in 2017, but the loss of some key players could make it difficult.
The biggest priority is finding some help in the paint as the Cavs’ don’t have any true centers on their roster and when facing some of the bigger teams in the league, not even ‘King James’ can carry a team when under-manned.
Rumors have been flying on social media and several names have been linked in recent weeks. The latest reports have Nerlens Noel of Philadelphia as a possible trade target and it makes sense. At 6’10” he would give Cleveland a player that can play in the paint, but also some versatility to play on the outside, but unlike Kevin Love, the 22-year-old is terrific on the defensive end of the court and would give this squad the size it needs.
The former first round pick of the 76ers has been solid since entering the league. Averaging 10 points, eight rebounds, and nearly two block shots per game, the youngster still has plenty to learn and a trade to a quality team could speed up that learning curve.
A couple of veterans have also been rumored on the move, including Chris Kaman. The 34-year-old didn’t play much last season in Portland, but he is a true NBA center with his size. If age becomes a factor, dealing for a young player with a high upside would seem more appealing, especially if they could make the deal for a bench player and a draft pick of two.
While no official reports have surfaced regarding these two teams, Philly is set to start the year with a logjam in the paint and a huge hole in the back court, making this an ideal move for both sides before the start of training camp.