The Cleveland Cavaliers could be parting ways with two of their figures shortly, as the 2016 NBA champions are ready to see some of their veteran players leave as the February trade deadline approaches.
For instance, two of their best players could be heading through the exit door in the near future, according to Sam Amico of SI.com. One of those is Jordan Clarkson, as the Philadelphia 76ers have already expressed interested in the sharpshooting guard.
“On the trade front, the Cavs have not taken part in any serious discussions,” Amico wrote. “That is highly likely to change as the trade deadline nears in February. Opposing teams are expected to make serious runs at Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson, both players with expiring contracts. Toronto is said to have a high interest in Thompson, Philadelphia in Clarkson.”
So far this season, Clarkson is averaging 14.0 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting from the field and 40.8 percent from deep.
On the other hand, Amico adds the Raptors are “said to have a high interest in Tristan Thompson.” TT is set to become a free agent once he finishes the final year of a five-year, $82 million contract this season.
Tristan is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, statistically speaking, averaging 13.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on an undermanned Cavs team.
These two players could bring a lot of good things for these teams. The Sixers have a major weakness when it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, something that Clarkson could help fix.
As for the Raptors, they could also be thinking ahead to next season, where they may need to replace one or both of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. Both Raptors big men are unsigned beyond this season.