Posted this on the T&T board.
Cavs out: IT, Shump, Frye, & RJ, & Cavs2018 1st
Cavs in: Melo
NY out: Melo
NY in: IT, Shump, Frye, & RJ, & Cavs2018 1st
Why for the Cavs: They need a consolidation trade. The addition of Melo allows the Cavs to engage some creative line ups and replace Kyrie's lost offense. Instead of watching our bench get outscored, our second unit can actually outscore the opponent. Cavs still need a starting PG after this but they've got enough depth elsewhere to make that happen.
Why for NY: Of the $26 million you're getting back, $16 million is in expiring contracts, and Shump's $10 million only goes on for an additional year if he opts in. If he doesn't, you've got $26 million in expiring contracts. Get a low-cost look at IT. Flip him at the deadline, or keep him if you like, plus the first.