The Cleveland Cavaliers badly want to return to the playoffs.
They made that clear last year when they signed center Andrew Bynum in free agency. After that didn’t work, they traded Bynum to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng and also acquired veteran big man Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers. Of course, the team still missed the postseason, but lucked out by winning the NBA’s Draft Lottery.
Armed with talented players and that number one overall pick, the Cavaliers are again looking to make a splash. Many believe they could try to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love with that top overall pick, but that might be too much of a risk at this point.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com believes the Cavaliers aren’t just interested in Love, but could chase several other All-Star big men, including Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah, the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge and the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford
But I think the Cavs’ preferred route would to be a trade that thins out their roster and adds a young veteran who could immediately lift the Cavs’ long-term chances. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love has been the most often mentioned pickup. But the Cavs also have their eye on several other bigs, including the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah, the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge and the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford.
Aldridge looked like a legitimate MVP candidate last season, averaging 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 blocks per game, helping the Trail Blazers reach the second round of the postseason. Horford was limited to just 29 games in the 2013-2014 season, averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.