The Cleveland Cavaliers are rid of former general manager Chris Grant who was fired on Thursday morning.
It was expected that the Cavaliers would be a buyer come the NBA’s upcoming trade deadline with Grant at the helm, but the axing has only adding more fuel to the fire in regards to Cleveland’s willingness to make a deal. Let’s be honest – that roster isn’t getting it done and the new GM would like to keep his job moving forward. That’s not happening with the current assembly of the roster.
The Cavs did already make one big splash earlier this season by adding Luol Deng, so it wouldn’t make sense to trade for fellow small forward Evan Turner given the two play the same position. Or would it?
According to Moke Hamilton, he would be shocked if the Cavaliers don’t attempt to make a trade for the restricted free agent to be.
As for Turner, I would be surprised if the Cavaliers don’t come knocking on the door for him. If the team opts to let Deng walk (which is possible), then Turner provides a cheaper alternative that still has considerable upside. The Cavs also have pieces that they could conceivably trade and with a new GM in town, they are probably going to blow that thing up.
The Philadelphia 76ers are said to be wanting a lottery pick in exchange for Turner, but that’s simply not realistic. A possible late round pick or young bench player is the more likely acquisition.