According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Cavaliers are not close to any deal ahead of today's 3 p.m. trade deadline and are likely to look to make a move in free agency. According to Lloyd's sources, the Cavs have been actively looking for a deal, but as of Thursday, no deal is close to being completed.
If the Cavaliers are going to make more changes to their roster between now and the postseason, they will likely have to come in free agency.
Barring a dramatic change in the final few hours, today's 3 p.m. trade deadline is expected to pass without the Cavs making any deals, multiple league sources told the Beacon Journal. The Cavs are still trying, but weren't close on any trades early Thursday morning and losing faith they could get anything done, league sources said.
Ideally they would still like to upgrade the point guard position and add another big, but they are simply left with too few trade assets and cap flexibility after a flurry of recent moves.
As Lloyd notes, the Cavs' only assets currently on rookie guard Joe Harris, guard Matthew Dellavedova, center Brendan Haywood )and his uniquely valuable contract) and a second round pick in this year's draft. When the Cavs made moves to acquire J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov, the Cavs gave up a total of three first round picks. Over the past 14 months, the Cavs have traded away 18 players and 14 total total picks, five of which were first-rounders, in completely retooling the roster/
If the Cavs do sign a player in free agency, the organization will have to do so by March 1. To be eligible for postseason play, a player must be signed by that date.