The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a four-game losing streak, and although their 8-5 record isn’t bad at all, there is a feeling that some of their flaws are being exposed.
For Cleveland to take the next step and go from a playoff team to a championship contender, it will likely need to make a trade at some point, and these two trades could be what it needs to level up.
Cedi Osman, Lamar Stevens, 2023 Second-Round Pick To The Phoenix Suns For Jae Crowder
This trade was recently proposed by Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, and his reasoning is that Jae Crowder could be the missing piece for the Cavs.
Their weakness at the wing position may have more to do with defense than anything offensively, and Crowder, who is 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, has always had the reputation of being a physical and effective defender.
While he isn’t an elite 3-point shooter, he has been adequate in that department, and two seasons ago, when the Suns reached the NBA Finals, he shot 38.9 percent from that distance.
Crowder can play the 3 and the 4, and his extensive playoff experience (he’s been to the championship series twice) would also help Cleveland in another way.
Cedi Osman And Draft Capital To The New York Knicks For Cam Reddish
Cam Reddish is playing well for the Knicks, but reportedly, they’re hedging on offering him a contract extension, and therefore he may be on the block if they get a good enough offer.
The Cavs already parted with quite a bit of draft capital in order to get Donovan Mitchell during the summer, but if they’d be willing to cough up a little more, perhaps New York would be open to sending them Reddish.
Cam Reddish with another start and finish as the Knicks grab a road win in Salt Lake City:
— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) November 16, 2022
The 6-foot-8 forward is shooting just 45.1 percent overall and 34.1 percent from downtown, but his defense has improved, and he would give Cleveland a small forward who has plenty of length and size.