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Trade Scenario

Looking at the Cavs roster, we are one piece away from becoming a lock in the east, that being said we need a post player to pair Kyrie with. This years FA class of post players is very shallow in terms of players that could put us as a lock in the East. With Pau, Bosh, Dirk likely to return to there respective teams and/or desire big markets, the Cavs must look elsewhere to acquire Kyrie's running mate. A trade partner that stands is the Atlanta Hawks, who look to shed cap to bring a star paring in FA, and hold Paul Millsap and Al Horford.

Cavs Get

Al Horford + Kyle Korver

Hawks Get

Tristian Thompson + Dion Waiters + Anderson Varejao + Scotty Hopson + 2 Future 1sts

The offer benefits both teams, as the Hawks would shed cap to bring in a star, as everyone knows Andy V's contract is not guaranteed and Scotty Hopson's contract is also not guaranteed. If the Hawks end up failing to land a star in FA, they could start there rebuilding process with Waiters, Tristian and extra selections. Now, from the Cavs point of view, they pick up an anchor on both ends of the floor in Horford, who will fit perfectly in Blatt's offense, as he is a rim protector, good passer, and can stretch the floor serving as a 49.3% in mid range shooting and a 59.7% FG (see graphic below). Horford will also be a good pairing with Kyrie in Pick & Roll / Pop situations. The Cavs would also acquire a needed 3pt shooter in Kyle Korver, who is one the best shooters the league has currently, another fit into Blatt's offense. The deal allows for Bennett to gain more playing time, something he didn't have in year 1. Money wise for Cleveland we would still be able to afford LeBron or other free agents, after cutting Delly and Hopson's contract leaving 16m. It adds flexibility in the future as Korver's contract is front loaded, opening up more cap in the future. The team would look as follows, (Assuming we resign CJ Miles, we own Bird Rights, I believe)

With LeBron

PG: Kyrie Irving / Jarrett Jack / FA
SG: Andrew Wiggins / CJ Miles / Joe Harris
SF: LeBron James / Kyle Korver/ Sergey Karasev
PF: Anthony Bennett / Dwight Powell/ FA
C: Al Horford / Tyler Zeller / Brendan Haywood

Without LBJ

PG: Kyrie Irving / Jarrett Jack / FA
SG: Kyle Korver / CJ Miles / Joe Harris
SF: Andrew Wiggins / Sergey Karasev / FA
PF: Anthony Bennett / Dwight Powell/ FA
C: Al Horford / Tyler Zeller / Brendan Haywood

Yes, there maybe a lot open slots in both charts but with the cap and exceptions (MLE,LLE) , we could sign quality veterans like Trevor Ariza, Kris Humphies, Shawn Marion, Caron Butler, etc. This trade would put Cleveland in a position to land LeBron by showing a quality supporting cast and puts us in a great place to win in the future. Thoughts?

Graphics on Al Horford's Shooting

http://vorped.com/bball/index.php/player/shotchart/1085-Al-Horford/season/2013-2014-REG?ui=circle

http://vorped.com/bball/index.php/player/shotchart/1085-Al-Horford/season/2013-2014-REG

http://vorped.com/bball/index.php/player/shotchart/1085-Al-Horford/season/2013-2014-REG?ui=zone14

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