The Cleveland Cavaliers, by all means, are the beasts of the eastern conference.
Signing LeBron James, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller, and acquiring star big man Kevin Love just recently from Minnesota, Cleveland has orchestrated nicely this offseason, and is ready to lift the NBA hardware at season’s end.
Yes, having all of those players seems like a fantasy – a video game come to life – but is it possible that Cleveland could add more? One Roy Hibbert, perhaps?
According to Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com’s Beacon Journal, Cleveland should covet Hibbert after the 2014-15 campaign, and further add to their paint presence, which is arguably the only part of the Cavs that some would consider they have weak depth at.
Hibbert, who has a player option for 2015-16 worth $15.5 million and two years left on his contract for $30 million, has allegedly been shopped on the down low by Indiana, and it’s possible there may be repercussions stemming from this speculation.
Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson, who was a rumored centerpiece in attempting to acquire Love at the beginning of the summer, wound up being “pissed” at the fact he was included in an apparent proposed package. Players sometimes don’t forget about their organization’s choice to potentially part ways via a trade, and could demand future consequences.
Hibbert had an abysmal 2013-14 campaign, after being a force for a number of years prior. Taking errant shots and turning the ball over on numerous occasions, Hibbert found himself benched at times, and the Pacers may look to retrieve what they can before he gets worse.
Of course, dealing him to Cleveland isn’t in their best interest, given how formidable the Cavs would become, but if they included some key players, it could very well transpire. Cleveland has intriguing pieces like Tristan Thompson or Dion Waiters they could package for Hibbert’s services. So, it’s not a stretch to think a trade could come to fruition.
And, considering Paul George, the Pacers’ best player, will be sidelined for the upcoming season due to that horrific injury he suffered in a Team USA scrimmage, Indiana could find it necessary to start rebuilding, given the losses of him and Lance Stephenson.
For now, this is just a “Cleveland should do this” type move concocted by Lloyd. However, a very fascinating possibility.
For the rest of the NBA’s sake, hopefully Hibbert goes elsewhere, or stays in Indiana.
In 81 regular-season games last season, Hibbert averaged 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 2.2 blocks-per-contest.