NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs closing in on Josh Hart as a deadline target?

Portland Trail Blazers Josh Hart (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)
Portland Trail Blazers Josh Hart (Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Trade Rumors: The Cleveland Cavaliers could be looking to make a strong offer for Josh Hart ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline.

In an attempt to keep pace or remain atop that second tier in the Eastern Conference, especially considering the Brooklyn Nets’ season suddenly got turned upside down, it would be wise for the Cleveland Cavaliers to try to make a big move at the NBA Trade Deadline.

And the expectation is that they’re likely going to look for some help on the wing, specifically one that could be a productive and impactful two-way player heading into the playoffs.

According to a recent report, the Cavs appear to have a strong interest in adding Josh Hart at the NBA Trade Deadline. Hart is a good defender and would immediately be of help for the Cavs on that end of the floor. He’s also averaging nine points, eight rebounds, and four assists per game on 50 percent shooting from the field so far this season.

As a starter for the Portland Trail Blazers this season, he’s been quite consistent.

Expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to at least make one move at the NBA Trade Deadline

Even though Hart is not a name that is likely going to excite the fans on any level, he is a consistent player that should be able to make an impact for the Cavs. Hart is on a great contract and has one year left after this season at an affordable $13 million.

Because of the fact that he’s on a great contract and that he’s been so productive for the team, this is a move that will likely cost the Cavs. You’d have to imagine that this move would take at least a first-round pick, and perhaps a young player.

I’m not sure if the Blazers would at all be interested in Caris LeVert, but he’s a player that could potentially be included as well.

Cleveland has absolutely taken a step forward in the Eastern Conference this season, but if they truly want to compete with the likes of the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers, this is a team that still has a ways to go.

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The NBA Trade Deadline is a good place for the Cavs to take another step forward. However, if the right deal doesn’t present itself, this is also a team that should be willing to stand pat. There’s no reason to make a rash move. Not right now.