NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers finding Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith are virtually ‘unmovable’
The Cavaliers are asking a lot of tough questions before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. They have long said they don’t want to move the Nets’ first-round pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade, but according to ESPN, they’re questioning whether they should even trade their own first-round pick.
They just don’t have players that interest people, Wojnarowski said. Tristan Thompson’s contract and J.R. Smith, and some of the guys with the big numbers on their team are just not movable, and if you’re the Clippers, the idea of taking Tristan Thompson on just to get the Cavaliers’ 2018 pick, let’s say it’s going to be 25, 26 wherever it falls, is it worth taking on that Thompson money moving forward? The answer is probably not.
ESPN reported earlier in the day the Cavaliers’ organization is in a stalemate and don’t want to trade a draft pick without assurance LeBron James is coming back. With the way the roster is currently situated, it is very unlikely Cleveland would win the NBA Finals, much less get to them, no matter who could be added in a trade.
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