Impact trade for the Warriors: Cavaliers acquiring Caris LeVert
The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost several key players this season.
Starting guard Collin Sexton has been out for several weeks, and Ricky Rubio sustained a season-ending injury. They didn’t have many options as to how to improve their roster yet not drastically risk their future which they’ve worked so tirelessly to build.
What Cleveland did was head down to the Indiana Pacers firesale and snag Caris LeVert.
Originally spending his first few seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, LeVert is a big-time playmaker, and they got him for extremely cheap as Indiana is focused on rebuilding. The Cavaliers gave a lottery-protected pick as the deal-breaking asset.
As for LeVert, he’s averaging 18.7 points per game this season, shooting 44.7% from the field, his best percentage since his rookie season. LeVert is also averaging 4.4 assists per game, the second-highest amount of his career.
The Cavaliers were the Warriors’ rivals for five seasons, and they may be again if they can mount an NBA Finals run. It’s unlikely, but considering how they’ve played this season and the size they have, one can never say never.