Cleveland Cavaliers: Why DeMar DeRozan should be a trade target

The Cleveland Cavaliers are young, promising but clearly, something or someone is missing – that could be DeMar DeRozan

In their first year under rookie head coach John Beilein, the Cleveland Cavaliers currently sit in the 10th spot in the often easy Eastern Conference. If they hope to compete with other powerhouses in the East a few drastic changes must occur to ensure they’re not left out come playoff time.

Since winning the highly coveted NBA championship in 2016 their ship has sailed downwards especially after losing key players and centerpieces of that 2016 championship team in Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. All that’s left standing from that team is Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

Do you think they’ll be able to carry the load and lead this team to playoff contention? I think not. While it’s not entirely impossible, a move (or two) has to happen to ensure they’re not left out come playoff time.

Insert San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan, a player who has been an all-star caliber player for a long time and is capable of being the go-to guy on a young, developing Cavaliers team.

He’s also hungry to experience the NBA Finals for the first time in his 10-year career. And what better conference to make that happen in than the Eastern Conference.

It shouldn’t be a tough task for the Cavaliers to steal away the four-time all-star who’s familiar with how the Eastern Conference works but they are facing heavy competition with another hopeful contender in the Orlando Magic.

Another thing worth noting is that DeMar DeRozan has a player option for 2020-21 that he can accept or decline either with the Spurs or say, the team that makes a deal for his services.

Similar to the same move his former team, the Toronto Raptors made when they traded him for Kawhi Leonard, which led them to win last year’s NBA title.

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Should the Cavaliers find a way to make this deal happen before or at the trade deadline and are able to outbid other competitors the Cavaliers will easily find themselves somewhere between the sixth and eighth seed.

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