Regardless, the Cavs seem to be shopping Waiters, and, right now, it appears to be in the team's best interest. He is unsatisfied with his role on the team and the way that he is treated on the court by some of his teammates, mainly Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.
Every team makes sense. The Bulls lost Rose again and some think that the team should blow the roster up; the 76ers could always benefit from getting younger/worse; and the Knicks are even more of a mess than the Cavs. So, what are some potential trades? Great question.
Let's look at some possible moves, using ESPN.com's NBA Trade Machine.
*All trade scenarios are compliant with the salary cap and were created using the ESPN Trade Machine. Further details can be viewed by clicking on the subtitles.*
THE MOST FEASIBLE - Cavs and Sixers
This scenario involves the Cavs trading Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett to the Sixers for Evan Turner and Jason Richardson. The salaries work out, and according to ESPN's John Hollinger, it would give Cleveland three more wins, and Philadelphia two more losses. Everybody wins!
But, in all seriousness, I like this trade for both teams. Philly gets two more young pieces that it can build around, and Cleveland gets a legitimate scoring threat and all-around solid player in Evan Turner. Plus, the fans already love him from his days at Ohio State.
The Cavs could also ditch Bennett, who seems like he simply doesn't belong there, even though it's extremely early. The only downside involves the Cavs eating Richardson's salary, but it seems to be worth it. Maybe he could even bring some veteran leadership to the squad.
THE PERFECT STORM - Cavs and Bulls
This trade revolves around the Bulls committing to blowing up their roster, and the Cavs wanting to grow defensively and become a playoff threat. Cleveland would ship Anderson Varejao, Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters to Chicago for Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Tony Snell.
This makes the Bulls younger and morphs the Cavs into a defensive threat. The move would elate Cleveland head coach Mike Brown, who specializes in defense and would be receiving some studs in that realm. Chicago would get some great young pieces to build around another D Rose return, as it seems illogical to continue with the current roster without Rose yet again.
ESPN's John Hollinger says this trade would give the Cavs four more wins, and give the Bulls four more losses. So, who says no?
This scenario involves the Knicks realizing that Carmelo Anthony is going to leave. New York would deal Melo to the Cavs in one of the worst cases of deja vu ever recorded (see the Denver Nuggets). So, before your head explodes at the prospect of this proposition, hear me out.
The Cavaliers would send Anderson Varejao, Anthony Bennett, and Dion Waiters to New York in return for Anthony and Iman Shumpert. I know, it sounds irrational for the Knicks at first. Hollinger predicts that this trade would result in four more Cleveland wins and five more New York losses.
But, it all revolves around the Knicks coming to the realization that they might as well get something in return for Anthony before he bolts for the Lakers, as is my personal opinion. New York would get a No. 1 overall pick with oodles of potential in Bennett, Waiters, who would thrive in The Garden, and Varejao, who could be a great backup to the oft-injured Tyson Chandler.
Now, Melo and Kyrie both love to shoot, but if they could figure out how to co-exist in Cleveland, it would be epic. Shumpert would bring a great defensive presence to the frontcourt and Jarrett Jack would thrive in one-on-one match-ups off the bench with both Melo and Kyrie around.
Now, this also means that the Cavs would lose their young stars for one potential shot at a title, as Melo could easily leave Cleveland for L.A., or somewhere else, at the end of the season. So, the question is, would it be worth it for either team? Better yet, is this scenario realistic?
Now it's time for you to be the judge, that's what the comment section is for, right? Let me know what you think of these possible trades. Which one is most likely, if any? Feel free to propose your own trades as well.
Alex Marcheschi is a senior at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University who regularly watches the Cavs on FSN Ohio.
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