Grading the trade for the Cleveland Cavaliers
Trading Jarrett Allen would be a big deal for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as just a couple of seasons ago, he was an All-Star, and they’ve found a ton of success playing him alongside Evan Mobley.
With those two leading the way in the frontcourt, the Cavaliers were the best defensive team in the NBA despite starting two undersized guards in Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell.
However, the Cavaliers' severe lack of wing depth finally caught up to them in the playoffs, as their offense ground to a halt. In turn, exploring potential trades involving Allen could be worth it.
In this deal, they would be getting two players who could be a perfect fit on their roster. Both of them could start, and Mobley could bump up to the center position (though he would have to put on some weight).
Both Royce O’Neale and Dorian Finney-Smith are, as mentioned, elite 3&D guys, which is the exact archetype of player the Cavaliers should be trying to trade for this offseason.
The real question is, should they be willing to give up their star center in order to fill that void? Unless they can land a replacement center, the answer is probably no, but it’s an interesting proposition.
Potential starting lineup: Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Dorian Finney-Smith, Evan Mobley