It was a near-certainty that things would get weird for the Cleveland Cavaliers without LeBron James. There was always going to be an adjustment period, but it appears as though the team is interested in accelerating their rebuild.
The Cavs are reportedly interested in trading for disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler. The interest was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
ESPN Sources: Another team pursuing a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota: Cleveland. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was seen talking privately with Glen Taylor at NBA Board of Governors meeting on Friday. Both owners played a part in negotiating the Love-Wiggins deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2018
As Woj pointed out, both teams have owners that are invested in the operations of the front office. Something, along with their history, that could help make expedite trade negotiations.
The Butler saga is a weird one, as it seems as though the Wolves are looking to rush the trade process. There’s some who feel the team may push to complete a trade before Monday’s media day. As team’s are unable to comment on trades that aren’t official, it would be a handy way to not address the issues surrounding Butler on media day.
What the Cavs have to offer in a possible trade is a bit of a mystery. A rushed trade process will likely result in the Wolves getting less than full value, but it still feels like teams would be able to outbid Cleveland.
It seems unlikely that the Cavs would ever offer Collin Sexton for an expiring contract, especially when they were unwilling to give up the Nets pick for an expiring contract while LeBron was still on the team.
The Cavs do have a former Chicago Bull in Kyle Korver, but if Glen Taylor has taken over the trade negotiations that probably doesn’t have the same appeal to him as it would be to Tom Thibodeau. Rodney Hood can’t be traded until December 15th, so unless a Jordan Clarkson and Korver deal is somehow appealing to the Wolves this trade materializing seems like a long-shot.