David Griffin believes Cavs will be active at the trade deadline

The former Cavs GM thinks the organization will make plenty of moves at the deadline

James Rapien
January 19, 2019 - 12:11 pm
Feb 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin talks with the media before the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers were blown out last night in Utah and have lost 14 of their last 15 games. Their 9-37 record is the worst in the NBA.

No one could fix the Cavaliers this season, but that doesn’t mean general manager Koby Altman won’t make moves prior to the February 7 trade deadline.

Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin told Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com that he expects the organization to be active at the deadline for a second consecutive season.

Last year, Altman traded six players – Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose and Channing Frye and added four players – George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood.

The Cavs traded Hill earlier this season in a package for Matthew Dellavedova and a future first-round pick. Griffin expects the team to continue to take on salary in hopes of adding assets.

“The Cavs have expiring contracts (Hood and Alec Burks) to trade,” Griffin said. “Dan’s willingness to spend also will help them add assets.

“I think they will be in the epicenter as the trading deadline comes. It should be really interesting.”

Griffin said owner Dan Gilbert would be willing to add salary the same way he did in 2011 when they traded for Baron Davis’ $14 million contract and the Clippers’ first-round draft pick. That selection turned into Kyrie Irving.

Who could they trade?

Tristan Thompson is drawing trade interest according to Sam Amico. The veteran is making $17.5 million this year and $18.5 million next season. Thompson is averaging 11.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He’s been a leader for the Cavaliers this season, but they shouldn’t hesitate to deal him if they can get adequate value. The Cavs will get calls about Burks and Clarkson. Hood will draw interest, but he would have to waive his no trade clause.

J.R. Smith is still on the roster, but it may be hard for the Cavaliers to deal him and his $15.68 million salary for 2019-2020. Kevin Love will also be mentioned in trade rumors, but they’re more likely to trade him this offseason.

Chandler Parsons could be a name to watch for Cleveland. The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to move the veteran and his hefty contract. Parsons is making $24.1 million this season and $25.1 million next year. Could Altman and Gilbert get enough from Memphis to make a potential Parsons trade worth it? Memphis would likely protect any first-round pick they traded to Cleveland. That is one of the many scenarios the Cavaliers’ organization will likely have a discussion about over the next few weeks.