The Cavaliers are already in a particularly brutal spot with regards to injuries. Kevin Love is out for several more weeks, George Hill is missing time, Cedi Osman is dealing with back issues while Love’s replacement, Sam Dekker, is also out.
The blows won’t stop coming for a team that can scarce afford them, as both J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver, somehow functionally power forwards for the Cavs right now, are banged up.
No J.R. Smith ("illness) or Kyle Korver (sore foot) in practice today. Korver could be out next two games, per Drew. #Cavs— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) November 12, 2018
If Smith and Korver can’t suit up, the team looks more and more incapable of being competitive against literally any team in the NBA. They just don’t have the healthy bodies to do so at the moment.
The team should be particularly careful with Korver. There’s plenty of teams that could use a veteran shooter (Hi, 76ers), but they won’t have any interest in parting with a decent assets to acquire 37-year-old damaged goods. Korver is about as valuable of a trade chip that the Cavaliers have, and keeping him healthy should be priority number one.
And, as I often end articles with these days, in the meantime, it’ll probably be pretty ugly.