Cavaliers NBA trade deadline report: Cavs inquire about 3 Nets players
Cleveland Cavaliers eyeing Brooklyn Nets trio for trade. Will they be able to bolster their rotation for a deep playoff run?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly exploring the possibility of acquiring three players from the Brooklyn Nets before the NBA trade deadline on February 8th. According to HoopsHype's Michael Scotto, the Cavs have expressed interest in guard Lonnie Walker IV and forwards Dorian Finney-Smith and Royce O'Neale.
The potential move comes as the Cavaliers look to bolster their wing depth and scoring, which were identified as weaknesses during last season's playoffs. Currently, the team relies on Isaac Okoro, Max Strus, and Caris LeVert as their primary wing options.
With a current record of 20-30, the Brooklyn Nets are in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference and may be open to trading veterans like O'Neale, Finney-Smith, and Walker in exchange for draft assets.
O'Neale, who is known for his strong defense and three-point shooting, is averaging 7.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game this season, making him an attractive 3-and-D option for the Cavs. Finney-Smith, on the other hand, is averaging 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and would likely command a higher price due to the remaining years on his contract.
Walker, a shooting guard, is averaging 12.0 points per game and has impressed with his shooting percentages. All three players have the potential to strengthen Cleveland's rotation as they aim for a deep playoff run this season.
The Cavaliers currently hold the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and a successful acquisition of these players could further solidify their position as they look to make a strong push in the playoffs.