Prompted by a discussion which took place earlier in the morning, former Plain Dealer Cavaliers beat writer Brian Windhorst appeared on 850AM WKNR on Tuesday and discussed rumors surrounding the team’s front office and their largest human trade assets in center Anderson Varejao and point guard Ramon Sessions.
Windhorst stated that Chris Grant and management his team are very happy with the current make-up of the Cavaliers’ roster, but continue to be prudent in managing the big-picture and ensuring that all options remain open; the ever-popular battle between short-term success and long-term improvement.
Varejao, second on the team in PER (18.7), the only member of the Cavaliers with at least a 1.0 win share, and currently 29 years of age, has long been a target of several NBA franchises due to his relatively friendly contract and unrelenting energy when on the court. The issue with a potential trade of Varejao, aside from the public relations impact of a transaction involving a fan favorite, would be the considerably thin frontcourt – Ryan Hollins, Semih Erden and Samardo Samuels – that would be forced into a considerably larger role.
Said Byron Scott on the prospects of trading his All-Defensive big man: “It would have to be an unbelievable person to get back.”
Sessions, who was previously linked to areas like Portland and New York, has been one of the key contributors in a reserve unit that is among the best in the league. The Knicks reportedly still have plenty of interest in the slashing guard, but continue to have next to nothing in terms of tradable assets. The reserve point guard 10.3 points and five assists in 22 minutes per game.
With the 2012 NBA Draft expected to be rife with talent, any trades entertained by the Cavaliers are expected to oribt around the potential for adding additional first-round selections.