Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 7/9/12
There have been a ton of rumors flying on the web and Twitter today about the Cavs possible involvement in a three-way trade with New Jersey and Orlando. The Nets need the Cavs to make their acquisition of Dwight Howard work under the salary cap. It would seem that if the Cavs were to get involved in helping another team in the East that they would be in a position to demand a lot in terms of acquisition. Whether theyre getting enough is up for debate. The rumors have the Cavs obtaining Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines and a first-round draft pick. The Cavs would lose Luke Walton to Orlando (sigh), and gain 3 million in cash. Humphries is a pretty good player who had a career high 10.4 rebounds last season. He would be a valuable addition to the frontcourt, even with the baggage of Kim Kardashian. Gaines averaged 14 minutes and 5.1 points per game for the Nets. Richardson is a guy who has been injured and bounced around a lot; he only played five games last season. It seems likely his stop in Cleveland might only be to change planes. Any guess what is the most valuable item in the trade? Not Humphires. Its the first-round pick, as the Cavs continue to try to amass young talent as they rebuild their roster. If it goes through, this No. 1 pick would be added to the picks the Cavs already aquired, as GM Chris Grant goes about rebuilding with homegrown players he selects. Humphries might be a fair-to-middling addition, but hes sure not going to make the difference between making the playoffs as the fifth seed and not making the playoffs. Too, he would come to the Cavs for one year, which would facilitate the Cavs again getting into the lottery again and then gaining that cap space when Humphries departs after the season. Clearly how the Cavs want to build through the draft and the lottery. It doesnt make for a fun couple years in terms of wins, but it does help acquire players, or assets as its now stated in the NBA. Its pretty distasteful to think that Howard will be rewarded for his antics the past year in Orlando, but this is the NBA these days (the new CBA sure solved that super team issue, eh?). All it takes is one group of enablers to reward petulance. When all is said and done, the Cavs would have Miamis first-round pick in 2013, perhaps Sacramentos (as long as it 14th or lower) and the ability to swap the Miami pick with the Lakers for LAs first-round pick. Conceivably, that could be three first-rounders next season in addition to another second-round pick (from Orlando). In 2014, the Cavs would have Orlandos second-round pick, and in 2015 they would have Miamis first-round pick, both in addition to their own, plus whatever first-rounder they can get in the Dwight Howard reward-a-star effort. It doesnt make for an immediately more promising 2012 and 13 season, but it sure might make seasons down the line more interesting.
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