Cleveland Receives: Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap
Atlanta Receives: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, 2018 1st Round Pick
Why Cleveland Trades
|Dwight Howard||Channing Frye||Edy Tavares|
|Paul Millsap||Derrick Williams||James Jones|
|LeBron James||Richard Jefferson|
|J.R. Smith||Kyle Korver?||Dahntay Jones|
|Kyrie Irving||Deron Williams||Kay Felder|
Why Cleveland trades is simple; everything the Cavaliers do with their roster should be aimed towards beating Golden State. They’ve proven they can beat anybody else in a seven game series with LeBron James healthy, Beating Golden State is the pinnacle of their season. Trading for Howard and Millsap does just this. Their current bigs – Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson were neutralized in the NBA Finals this year, and the last two years for Love. Love shot 38.8% from the field in this past series, and Thompson averaged just 5.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Millsap and Howard are time-tested vets who are hungry for a ring. Howard is physically imposing even at 31 years old. The star center isn’t what he used to be, but he still anchored the 4th best defense, and offensively he averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds on 63.3% shooting. Millsap is a great compliment the 6’8″ power forward is trembdously skilled, and he has been an all-star in each of the last four seasons with the Hawks. Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game last year. Defense is a concern for 6’8″ power forwards, but not for the 2015-16 defensive win share leader and All-NBA Defensive team member.
Why Atlanta Trades
|Tristan Thompson||Mike Muscala?||Kris Humphries?|
|Kevin Love||Ersan Ilyasova?||Ryan Kelly|
|Taurean Prince||Thabo Sefolosha?||Mike Dunleavy?|
|Kent Bazemore||Tim Hardaway?||DeAndre Bembry|
|Dennis Schroeder||Iman Shumpert||Malcolm Delaney|
Atlanta trades simply for the long term stability. Millsap could very well leave in free agency if he isn’t moved soon. Howard is playing well now, but he has been known to force is way off teams and he has already declined significantly since his prime.
Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love are younger, signed for multiple years, and honestly very good in their own right. Thompson does wonders for his team through his grinding on the glass and in the paint. He has career playoff offensive and defensive ratings of 130 and 108, he led the regular season in offensive rating as well in 2015-16 at 130. He’s also been top ten in offensive rebounding percentage the last three years.
Kevin Love is a former franchise player. He averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game his last season with Minnesota. Even last season with Cleveland, Love averaged 19.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in an all-star season. Love also followed it up with a 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game post-season. Love can be the guy for Atlanta. The team also gets Iman Shumpert, a defensively sound guard, and a 2018 first round pick.