Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson are two players with uncertain futures as part of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, with many people thinking they both will test the waters of free agency next July. But, one new report indicates that the Cavaliers had studied the possibility of trading one or both of them during this offseason.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com answered questions from fans on a variety of topics, including one that inquired about possible trades by the Cavaliers ahead of the beginning of the regular season:
“There were points this summer when the front office would have considered dealing either Tristan Thompson or Jordan Clarkson, if not both. Given that both are set to hit free agency in 2020, it’s hard to see either guy being in the team’s long-term plans. The value Cleveland can receive in a deadline swap would outweigh what both can bring on the court. The Cavs need to maximize that value. But, again, that’s more of a conversation for January/February.”
Thompson was one of the best players of the Cavs during the first years of his career, widely known for his durability, but after injuries took a toll on his body over the last couple of seasons, his level has decreased considerably. Back in 2015, he signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Cavs that ends next summer, with the 2016 NBA champions unlikely to offer him a similar deal.
As for Clarkson, he will enter his second full season with the Cavaliers after having been acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2018. He will make $13.4 million in the last year of his contract, signed with the Purple and Gold. Last season, he posted averages of 16.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, coming off the bench.
It’s unclear what the Cavaliers would get from a trade involving one of these players or even both, but they have until February to study their options and see what are the best ones for them.