The Clippers recently stole Spencer Hawes off of you guys for the MLE (4 years, $23M). But since the signing period starts July 10, it is not a done deal as we want a S&T with you guys so our MLE is still vacant for Paul Pierce. Over at ClipsNation we are willing to trade assets like Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley, Jamal Crawford and if we have to Reggie Bullock.
Personally (I am not alone though), I want Luol Deng, not Paul Pierce, but we don't have the money required to sign Deng for $9-10M. So that is were you guys come in. If we can do a sign and trade with the Cavs for either Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes or just Luol Deng that would create all sorts of opportunities for the Clippers to expand their team to defeat the Western Conference powerhouses and the best from the east.
The sign and trade deal would give you: Jamal Crawford $5.45M, Matt Barnes $3.396M, Jared Dudley $4.25M and a Traded Player Exception $2.6M (Bledsoe Trade) = $15.696M ($13.096M goes to your cap). That is enough money for us to acquire both Hawes and Deng, whilst you acquire the reigning 6th Man of the year, a fantastic wing defender and great 3 point shooter in Barnes and solid depth, 37% 3 point shooting and 70% mid range shooting in Dudley.
Your salary cap would have $51M tied to your current core plus $13.096M from the trade, totalling $64.1M. I know you guys want LeBron as do the Clippers, so you could cut Scotty Hopson ($1.5M) and trade Jarrett Jack ($6.3M), that brings your cap total to $56.3M and you could trade Andy as well and bring it down to $47.3M. That puts you $30M under the Tax and giving up you enough to sign LeBron James or Gordon Hayward to a big deal.
The Cavs could add a max player to the core of Kyrie, Bennett and Wiggins, then could have a bench of Zeller, Thompson, Waiters, Crawford, Barnes, Dudley and Dellavadova.
So my question to you Cavs fans is: Would you sign and trade Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes to the Clippers for Crawford, Barnes and Dudley. Requiring you to trade Jarrett Jack and maybe cut or trade another role player?