If you were expecting a quiet summer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, I think it’s officially time to adjust your expectations.
Yesterday it was revealed that the Cavs have been approached by the Indiana Pacers in an effort to work out a deal for Paul George. Today, we now hear from Marc Stein that the Cavs have been working on a multi-team trade scenario to try and acquire Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls.
The Cavaliers, per league sources, have been working today on assembling multi-team trade scenarios to try to acquire Chicago's Jimmy Butler— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 19, 2017
This is a very surprising development, as it does not appear like the Cavs have the assets to make a deal like this work. Butler has term on his deal, unlike George, however he is not a seamless fit in comparison to George.
Butler needs the ball in his hands far more than George and isn’t as reliable as a shooter. However either player would help the Cavs more against the Golden State Warriors than Kevin Love would, which is the idea. There isn’t a lot of information available at the moment, but it would seem a lot could happen between now and Thursday’s NBA Draft.