The heat of summer free agency might have cooled as we head towards autumn, but that doesn’t mean all basketball business has concluded before the regular season.
Kevin Durant still wants out of Brooklyn, the Cavaliers are still in a standoff with Collin Sexton, and absolutely no one wants Russell Westbrook.
In addition, the Cavs currently have a bloated bench.
As it stands, there’s no additional room for Collin Sexton to return come the regular season.
That’s because all 15 roster spots are currently filled, which is the max figure a team can carry into the regular season.
The Cavs reek of a team ready for a two/three-for-one trade.
Who might they target before the season starts?
1. Kyle Kuzma – Forward – Washington Wizards
Good teams pick apart the bad teams.
Not just on the floor, but in the front office, as well.
The Wizards are a no-good, very bad team.
They have some decent pieces in a now wildly overpaid Bradley Beal, Will Barton, and youngsters Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija.
Darius Garland so smooth out there 🥶
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But the team is a black hole of success.
This is why the Cavaliers, a good team, should pounce now on Kyle Kuzma.
Despite a bevy of options at small forward, the Cavs lack a true number one option.
Isaac Okoro has shown flashes and Ochai Agbaji was a lottery pick this year, but how long are we going to wait for Dean Wade, Cedi Osman, or Lamar Stevens to make a leap?
Kuzma could step in immediately and raise the unit’s collective floor.
The tall wing netted 17.1 points last season on 45% shooting from the field.
He was a starter on a putrid Wizards team but carries the pedigree of a former Laker breakout player.
His $13 million would be a tough pill to swallow, but he’s an ideal target in a Collin Sexton sign-and-trade with Washington.
If Sexton is off the table, the Cavs might look to package a duo or trio of its underused and young wings in order to match salaries.
2. Reggie Bullock – Forward – Dallas Mavericks
Is Dallas really satisfied with its backcourt after seeing Jalen Brunson depart for New York?
The answer is probably yes, simply because of one Luka Doncic still prowling the court for Dallas.
But every batman needs a Robin; Collin Sexton could be an admirable deputy for Doncic in the Lone Star State.
If the Mavericks do indeed see some value in Sexton, the Cavs should target Dallas wing, Reggie Bullock.
Unlike Kuzma, Bullock wasn’t usually a starter last season in Dallas, instead coming off the bench where he was an above-average shooter.
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He’s not going to light up the stat sheet in Cleveland, but he was a plus-7.4 on the court last season as a reserve for Washington.
Bullock also screams “title-winning piece.”
Over the last few seasons, several players like this crop up — guys who are plucked by teams with title aspirations to be used as a part of the limited postseason rotation.
He fits the mold of a depth-signing that could eat up reserve minutes in the postseason without costing the team much by resting starters.
For a Cavs team looking to get back into the playoffs for the first time in five years, he’s a great target.