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Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game Three

Report: Cavaliers shopping Brendan Haywood, first round pick in trade to try to upgrade the roster


The Cavaliers have plenty of interesting decisions to make this summer, and it starts with LeBron James and Kevin Love, both of whom are more than likely to opt out of next year’s deals in order to become unrestricted free agents, before ultimately re-signing.

But the stars were always expected back. What’s unclear is what the role players and reserve unit will look like, considering that J.R. Smith is likely to opt out, and Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova are both restricted free agents, which means the Cavaliers could retain their rights if the offers they receive from other teams don’t reach the outlandish.

No matter what happens with the players we just mentioned, Cleveland needs upgrades to bolster the depth on its roster. And the team is already working to make things happen on that front, even with the Finals loss to the Warriors only in the rear view mirror for a few short days.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

Days after the end of the Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers are working on upgrading their roster by shopping the potentially valuable contract of Brendan Haywood, and — in some cases — offering it along with the 24th overall pick in Thursday’s draft, sources told ESPN.com.

Haywood’s $10.5 million contract is not guaranteed for next season if he’s waived by Aug. 2. This could be attractive to a team looking to either offload salary now or use it as part of another deal that could be executed during free agency in July.

The Cavs have tested the market in swapping Haywood either for a player or a future draft pick, sources said. …

Any trade involving the Cavs’ first-round pick could not be executed until after the draft. They are precluded from trading their pick before making the selection because they already traded their 2016 first-round pick in the deal to acquire Kevin Love last summer. That pick now belongs to Philadelphia.

Haywood’s contract could theoretically be a nice trade chip that the Cavaliers could use to upgrade the roster, should a willing trade partner be out there who has an unfavorable contract sitting on its books.

This is just the beginning for what should be an intriguing summer in Cleveland. The way that James and Love choose to structure their next deals will remain something to watch, as will the moves that the Cavaliers are able to make to reload for next season so they can once again feel confident about their chances in securing a return trip to the Finals.

PBT Podcast: Why can’t we all… er, Blatt and LeBron just get along?

David Blatt, LeBron James

In the wake of the Cavaliers loss in the NBA Finals came another big story about how LeBron James completely disrespects coach David Blatt?

What does this mean for the future of Blatt in Cleveland (not much short term, probably)? It’s LeBron’s call, would he get the blood on his hands to can Blatt and bring in his guy Tyronn Lue? If Blatt is disrespecting his head coach, what do you think the rest of the team is doing?

We cover all of it in this latest PBT Podcast, we’ve got PBT’s Kurt Helin and Brett Pollakoff, plus NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard breaking down the Cavaliers coaching situation, and where they go from here — including taking Kevin Love’s future.

Then we get into some talk about the top of the draft, and where Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge might land as free agents.

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

Report: Marc Gasol ‘expected’ to stay with Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers

LeBron James tops the list of players who can become unrestricted free agents this summer, but who will almost certainly remain with their current teams.

Kevin Love may very well be a close second.

After that, you look at guys whose contracts are already up, and where no opt-out is required in order to test the free agent market.

Right after LeBron and Love, we have Marc Gasol.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Gasol is expected to stay with the Grizzlies, but no final decision has been made, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Gasol could command a four-year max contract essentially wherever he wants. And, he’s been open about the fact that he intends to listen to what other teams have to offer.

But Memphis has the ability to provide him with a fifth year on a max deal that no other team can, and when you combine that with Gasol’s longtime affinity for the city of Memphis and the fact that the Grizzlies are expected to remain competitive for years to come, it’s difficult to envision him ultimately choosing to play anywhere else.