3 Trades the Cavaliers Should Make This Offseason

Kevin Love could be dealt this offseason.
Kevin Love could be dealt this offseason. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hovered around the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings for the past two seasons and may need to make some big moves in the offseason if they want to be competitive in the NBA once again.

With a team currently centered around veteran Kevin Love and a multitude of young solid players such as Collin Sexton and Kevin Porter Jr., the front offcie needs to find a way to build deep roster capable of improving the team. With that in mind, here are three trades the Cavaliers should make this offseason.

1. Trade Away: Kevin Love

Yes, Kevin has been the leader for the Cavaliers for the past two seasons, but he needs to be traded if the team wants to put together a successful rebuild and compete in the NBA sooner rather than later. Love does not fit in with a team that is focusing on getting younger. If he sticks around, he will only take time on the court away from young players Cleveland needs to develop. Love was productive last season (17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game), which means moving him could bring back multiple draft picks or more young players still working toward their potential. His value is only set to decrease as he gets further into his career and the smart move would be to take advantage of the value he still has now.

2. Trade for: Kyle Kuzma

A player that could come in and take Love's spot on the roster while still fitting in with a young team is Los Angeles Lakers' forward Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma is 25 years old and was a solid option off the bench for the Lakers in the playoffs. Kuzma has had trade rumors follow him around recently and it looks like the Lakers may be open to moving him as soon as this offseason. Kuzma averages 16.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in his career and has the kind of versatility that the Cavaliers need from the forward position. Trading for a guy who could still take a leap in his abilities is a move the Cavaliers should be dying to make.

3. Trade away: Dante Exum

Dante Exum was the main piece being brought back when the Cavaliers traded Jordan Clarkson to the Utah Jazz last season. An injury-ridden player, Exum is set to make $9.6 million next year, but his numbers on the court do not back up that kind of money. Exum averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists last season in 24 games for the Cavaliers, which are all right around his career numbers. The team could use the money saved by getting Exum's contract off the books to look into other free-agent options. It's likely they could lock up a really solid mid-level player for the same price of keeping Exum on the team.

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