For now at least, it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be able to land one of their known targets.
Per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, trade talks between the Cavs and Utah Jazz centered on Shelvin Mack have stalled out. The Cavs’ interest in Mack was first reported earlier this week. Per Haynes, the discussions included Cavs backup guard Jordan McRae.
ESPN Sources: Utah, Cleveland engaged on trade over weekend that included Shelvin Mack, Jordan McRae, etc. Talks have since stalled out.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 22, 2017
Mack would be an upgrade of the Cavaliers’ current point guards and he is only making $2.433 million this season. As a result, the Cavs could fit his salary into of their trade exceptions or for a few of their cheaper players like McRae and DeAndre Liggins. The Jazz also have more than enough point guards on their roster and could benefit from getting one off their books.
Mack, 26, has appeared in 46 games while averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 assists per game. He is also set to be a free agent in July.
McRae, though, isn’t a particularly attractive asset and the Cavs don’t have much else to offer. In that regard, it’s not too surprising that talks have stalled out between Utah and Cleveland. But there’s still a lot of time before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline and this could change. It may, though, depend on the Jazz’s willingness to deal Mack for next to nothing.