The Cavaliers are already likely to finish as one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference this season. But just in case a championship isn’t in the cards, the team is positioning itself quite nicely to add significant talent in the future.
Cleveland is nearing a deal that will add a non-guaranteed contract to its books, which could be packaged with another already in place to acquire some real talent next summer, or even later on in the upcoming season.
From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
ESPN sources say that the Cavs are in process of trading for Boston’s Keith Bogans
Sources say Cavs are expected to package their three non-guaranteed deals (Erik Murphy, John Lucas and Malcolm Thomas) in trade for KBogans
And from Mark Deeks of Sham Sports:
Bogans and Haywood are a combined $16,035,935 in completely unguaranteed contract next offseason. That’s why.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports that the Celtics will also receive a pair of second-round picks.
The key here for the Cavaliers is keeping Bogans and Brendan Haywood on the roster all season long, so that they’ll have the opportunity to package the two in a potential trade for another superstar next summer.
Cleveland should contend immediately for a championship in the upcoming season with the talent already in place. But in case things go south, it’s nice to know that they’re working towards having the ability to improve in advance of the following season.