VCfor3 wrote:Why would the Cavs trade Thompson and JR for Hayward? I've seen you suggest that before, but Hayward is a negative contract. JR is a positive (Cavs could just do that Miami deal themselves for #13). Thompson is an expiring contract so not negative value. They take on more money, pay the luxury tax, and pass up potentially the 13th pick in hopes of Hayward rounding back to form? Just wanted to see why you thought they'd be willing to go that route.
"The Cavs would gladly take the polarizing Hayward, who was an All-Star in Utah before his horrific leg injury. He would be the main prize, the exception to Cleveland demanding a draft pick or ascending player on a rookie deal. Hayward is healthy now and will have a full off-season to try to regain his old form, possibly giving the Cavs another piece to accelerate their timeline. Put Hayward, 29, alongside Kevin Love, Collin Sexton and the duo added in Round One and suddenly Cleveland has the look of a playoff team.
Of course, this hypothetical Boston-Cleveland swap would have to be a bigger move because of Hayward’s $32.7 million salary number. A trade would probably involve the expiring contracts of John Henson or Jordan Clarkson."
Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The other article I saw on their interest Smith's non gauranteed contract was being offered. Now if you're the Cavs & you think Hayward might bounce back from injury to his pre Allstar form.
Smith, Henson or Clarkson is not much to give up for that project value.
Heat trade for JR.Smith because if they buyout R.Anderons contract as rumored they'd still be over the tax threshold by 5m. Where JR for JJ sheds a 3yr 15m unwanted contract & gets them under the lux tax.
The most uncertainty for me in my offer comes with Suns interest in Marcus Smart. I'm thinking he's a young proven defensive PG with 4 yrs control next to Booker who can stick the occasional 3.