Lapsed Point Guard
- Jun 29, 2008
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I tend to think it'll be the latter. But they extended the date to see if something will develop. I could definitely see some scenarios where he is used in a Westbrook trade, though the biggest question there is assets given up in trade. It would have to make it worth the Cavs' while and OKC's. I put together a trade of Westbrook to Detroit that used Cleveland and didn't involve Griffin, but Detroit would have to give up Four future firsts to do it - two to Cleveland and two to OKC. Not sure a scenario like that would happen - though they East might be wide open for the taking, so you never know what a team like the Pistons or someone else might do.Teams with cap space have dried up but only 5 teams including the Cavs are in luxury tax. Miami might be the only one that wants to clear to get off luxury tax but they are only ~2 million into the luxury tax after they sign Tyler Hero.
Also there are trade exception out there that would most likely be more appealing than JRs contract to clear cap with.
At this point I actually think adding JRs contract to a bigger trade so a team can absorb a player they want in another trade or in a 3 way is really the only way he is getting traded. The common value won't be there for both sides to do a salary dump.
I think at the end we are either including him in a bigger trade or more than likely waiving and stretching his guaranteed money to get under the luxury tax.