On Wednesday, a report surfaced that the Cleveland Cavaliers were shopping the fourth overall pick of the 2012 draft, guard Dion Waiters.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard was the first to break the news and said the Cavaliers were speaking with three specific teams; the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Now, Broussard has named specific players, claiming the Cavaliers are targeting Bulls’ forward Luol Deng, Knicks’ swingman Iman Shumpert and 76ers’ wing Evan Turner.
Deng, who is in the last year of his contract, would certainly help defensively and fill the whole the Cavaliers have at small forward. Plus, the Bulls could be even more willing to unload Deng after finding out Derrick Rose was going to miss the entire season. Deng is averaging 16.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season.
Shumpert would also give the Cavaliers an upgrade defensively and the K nicks are reportedly willing to part with him. He’s averaging 7.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Turner, the #2 overall pick of the 2010 draft, is having his best season, averaging 21.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
The Cavaliers have denied shopping Waiters.