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Cavs try and answer the Small Forward issue - Knicks get off Reddish and Spurs move Richardson


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Knicks

Knicks

+1 pick,
Cap Impact - $5.9M
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 2

    via GSW
    6

+1  Wins

-20.65  MPG

+1.69  Off.

+2.14  Def.

Spurs

Spurs

+3 players ($18.5m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $6.3M
  • Cedi Osman
    Cedi Osman
    SF, 6' 7", -1.88 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $7.4M

    2yrs

    6
  • Dylan Windler
    Dylan Windler
    SF, 6' 6", -2.03 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $4.0M

    1yr

    6
  • Isaac Okoro
    Isaac Okoro
    SF, 6' 5", -0.48 LEBRON
    Athletic Finisher

    $7.0M

    2yrs

    6
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 2

    via GSW
    6

+1  Wins

+36.28  MPG

-3.20  Off.

-0.73  Def.

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

+2 players ($18.2m),
Cap Impact - $353K
  • Josh Richardson
    Josh Richardson
    SG, 6' 5", -0.45 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $12.1M

    1yr

    27
  • Cam Reddish
    Cam Reddish
    SF, 6' 8", -3.83 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $5.9M

    1yr

    20

-2  Wins

-15.63  MPG

+1.51  Off.

-1.41  Def.

Hi All,

Smaller trade today but one I think that has good value as well as real benefit particularly for Cleveland. Here's why each team makes this trade.

The Cavs take a risk here, ditching Isaac Okoro. Their former number 5th pick in the draft as well as Cedi Osman who's playing 22 minutes a game for the Cavs. That being said they potentially boost their roster significantly. Josh Richardson is a reliable 2/3 to bring in, a much better shooter than either of the departing forwards he's consistently hit 90% of his FT's and about 40% of his 3's as a solid roleplayer. With the spacing Mitchell and Garland provide Richardson should find himself wide open to knock down shots. The only concern with Richardson is with an already small back court he may be a bit small to play the 3 for entire playoff games. That's where Reddish comes in. More of a flyer and a wildcard they give up a valuable 2nd considering their draft pick stash and pick up a guy with a tonne of raw talent who hasn't found the right fit in the league up until now. In theory he'd be the perfect 3 for the Cavs if he can put it all together, a hyper athletic 6'8 wing who has a pretty if inconsistent jumper. He should be able to lock down on defence and potentially be a long term guy for Cleveland. This move represents a sure thing in Richardson, a player who can make an impact in the playoffs and a high upside play in Cam Reddish who could be the missing piece to that Cavs starting 5. The Cavaliers have shown themselves as a team that can rehabilitate talent, they picked up Lauri last year and rehabbed his value. Perhaps Reddish could be the same and if they could lock him down to a long term contract in that $12,000,000-$15,000,000 range then they have a steal on their hands. I see their starting 5 looking something like this:

PG: Garland, SG: Mitchell, SF: Richardson, PF: Mobley, C: Allen - 6th man: Caris LaVert, rotation guys: Kevin Love, Dean Wade, Ricky Rubio, Cam Reddish, Lemar Stevens

That group has depth in all positions, LaVert is a great heat check guard, LOve has been super productive off the bench two years running, Rubio is a phenomenal back up guard. And if Reddish doesn't work out Wade and Stevens are capable wings to play minutes for this Cavs team. I think this solidifies their chances as a top 3 seed in the East this year and if it breaks right they could assert themsleves as a contender alongside the Bucks and the Celts for the East this year.

Knicks: For the Knicks it's really simple, Reddish isn't in the rotation and hasn'yt worke dout in NYC, perhaps they could bring in an additional 2nd for Reddish but he clearly doesn't mesh with Tibs. Best to rehab some draft capital and demonstrate an additional commitment to those guys already in the rotation.

Spurs: For the Spurs I think this is a great return for Richardson, they're as far from win now as any team in the league so bringing back a 2nd and a former top 5 pick for a roleplayer would be fantastic. Give him some time to figure out his shot, they have time to let his game develop and at worst he's a defensive specialist with a future in the league consideirng how he gets out on transition and his intelligence on the defensive end. They grab an additional 2nd for helping the Cavs to stay below the Luxury tax.

Let me know your thoughts, who do you want to see the Cavs grab for that 3 spot? What price will Reddish fetch in the open market and where should he end up?


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