In an attempt to gain cap flexibility, the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded guard Carrick Felix to the Utah Jazz in return for
Utah’s trading John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy to Cleveland for Carrick Felix, future 2nd and $1M, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2014
By acquiring the contracts of Lucas, Thomas, Murphy, the Cavaliers have gained three assets as they search through the trade market in hopes of improving the team before training camp begins. The big name that has been connected to the Cavs talent search is Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.
According to several reports, the Cavs and T’Wolves have discussed several trade packages. For the Cavaliers things are simple: they acquire Kevin Love and become the team in the Eastern Conference as they’d pair him alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. For the Wolves, they enter a period of rebuilding, hoping to net 2014 number one pick in Andrew Wiggins, either Dion Waiters or Anthony Bennett, and several future first-round draft picks.
With Wiggins inserted into the trade discussions, the posturing has increased ten-fold. The best-case scenario for the Cavaliers would be to acquire Love without losing the number one overall pick, but without Wiggins included, the Wolves won’t shy away from looking at other trade packages (Golden State, Chicago, etc.).
The Cavaliers have made it know that they are genuinely interested in each player acquired in this trade, but it’s clear what their intentions are.
Cavs are operating some intense salary-capology right now, there’s a bunch of smoke & mirrors but they feel Kevin Love will be at end of it
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 22, 2014