Trade Deadline 2023: Cleveland Cavaliers Mock Deadline

  • GM: Evan Dammarell, @amnotevan

    Salary Cap: $147,795,778

    Luxury Tax: $2,471,222

    • Given they are right under the luxury tax, it’ll be tough to take back much salary in a trade unless they salary dump a player

    GOAL: Acquire wing help for a championship push!


    • Acquire wings!

    • Stay below luxury tax while still acquiring upgrades

    • Reminder: Dean Wade cannot be traded this season because he signed an extension on September 27, 2022

    Players to Dangle

    Caris LeVert (1/$18.8)

    o   Salary: $18,796,296

    o   Likely won’t move him, but he’s expiring deal who hasn’t been extended yet, and may need him to salary match for a bigger fish

    o   OG Anunoby perhaps? Issue is you don’t have any picks to package with LeVert to get that upgrade

    Cedi Osman (2/$14.3 with NG in 2023-24)

    o   Salary: $7,426,088

    o   Can match up to $12,426,088 if you can manage to stay under the tax, but can only match $9,382,610 if in the tax

    Isaac Okoro (2/$16)

    o   Salary: $7,040,880

    o   Can match up to $12,040,880 if you can manage to stay under the tax, but can only match $8,901,100 if in the tax

    o   For Osman or Okoro, don’t trade unless you can package them to each other or assets for a wing upgrade

    o   Preferably a 3-and-D wing, or at least one who can shoot

    Dylan Windler (1/$4)

    o   Salary: $4,037,278

    o   Can salary match up to $7,165,236 if you can manage to stay under the tax, but can only match $5,146,597.50 if in the tax

    Target Players

    • Wings

    o   Justin Holiday, Atlanta Hawks
    o   Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks
    o   Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
    o   Kelly Oubre, Charlotte Hornets
    o   Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls
    o   Derrick Jones Jr., Chicago Bulls
    o   Javonte Green, Chicago Bulls
    o   Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks
    o   Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks
    o   Alec Burks, Detroit Pistons
    o   Hamidou Diallo, Detroit Pistons
    o   Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons
    o   Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
    o   Garrison Matthews, Houston Rockets
    o   Kenyon Martin Jr., Houston Rockets
    o   Buddy Hield, Indiana Pacers
    o   Oshae Brissett, Indiana Pacers
    o   Luke Kennard, Los Angeles Clippers
    o   Amir Coffey, Los Angeles Clippers
    o   Robert Covington, Los Angeles Clippers
    o   Troy Brown Jr., Los Angeles Lakers
    o   Grayson Allen, Milwaukee Bucks
    o   Jordan Nwora, Milwaukee Bucks
    o   Taurean Prince, Minnesota Timberwolves
    o   Cam Reddish, New York Knicks
    o   Evan Fournier, New York Knicks
    o   Jonathan Isaac, Orlando Magic
    o   Gary Harris, Orlando Magic
    o   Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic
    o   Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers
    o   Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers
    o   Josh Richardson, San Antonio Spurs
    o   OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
    o   Malik Beasley, Utah Jazz
    o   Will Barton, Washington Wizards

    Assets Owned

    • TPE: $3,918,360
    • 2023 1st (lotto protected to IND)
    • 2024 1st
    • 2026 1st (UTA has swap rights)
    • 2028 1st (UTA has swap rights)

    o   None of these firsts are tradeable due to the Stepien Rule

    • 2023 2nd (more favorable of CLE & GSW)
    • 2024 GSW 2nd (#31-55 protected)
    • 2025 CLE 2nd (if 2023 first not conveyed, then to Indiana)
    • 2025 MIL 2nd
    • 2026 2nd
    • 2026 LAL 2nd (if 2023 first not conveyed, then to Indiana)
    • 2027 2nd
    • 2027 DEN 2nd
    • 2028 2nd
    • 2029 2nd


    Mock Trades to Date (Feb 2 Deadline)


    Cavs add a wing

    TRADE: Cavaliers trade 2023 GSW 2nd to the Denver Nuggets for Davon Reed


    For the Cavaliers, they desperately need consistent wings on their roster that can shoot and defend. Davon Reed showed flashes for Denver last year and parlayed that into a multi-year deal. Reed’s money is also non-guaranteed next year so if he underwhelms in his time in Cleveland for the remainder of the season and the playoffs, then they can cut him loose with no financial repercussions. For the Nuggets, they had to clear a roster spot for Willy Hernangomez, and they essentially flipped Reed for Hernangomez and two seconds. Excellent work by Denver. 

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