The Cavaliers are no strangers to trade deadline deals. With the NBA’s trade deadline looming this Thursday, the Cavs are one team with the cap room to absorb a contract, and have a couple players that teams may be interested in.
Marreese Speights is one of those players. Since becoming a Cavalier in the deal with Memphis, Speights has averaged 13 points and 6.5 rebounds a game off the bench. He is proving to be a hot commodity off the bench, and several contending teams would love to have him.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavaliers have received offers for the big man-
“Several teams willing to part with first-round picks for Cavs PF Marreese Speights, but most in 20-30 range. Nothing enticing Cavs at moment.”
Speights has a player option for next season at $4.5 million dollars. The prevailing opinion is that Speights would decline that option and seek a better deal in free agency. The Cavaliers have to decide between keeping Speights and trying to re-sign him this summer or trading him now and getting something of value for him.
A draft pick in the 20-30 range isn’t a great pick, but it could be part of a package of picks that the Cavaliers put together in order to move up to get a player they want. This is how they ended up with Tyler Zeller in last year’s draft.