How Cleveland Cavs Should Address Each Area of Need at the NBA Trade Deadline

January 17th, 2017 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
It's good to be the defending NBA champs.

But the Cleveland Cavaliers know a few roster tweaks could make life even better.

"We still got a couple more things we need to do," LeBron James said after the Cavs acquired sharpshooter Kyle Korver, per's Dave McMenamin. "We got to get a point guard."

Cleveland has needed a veteran playmaker behind Kyrie Irving all season. Chris Andersen's season-ending ACL tear left the roster lighter than it could be in traditional interior bigs. 

The needs ahead of the Feb. 23 deadline aren't major, but they're present. A 126-91 shellacking at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Monday adds at least a modest amount of sting. 

The Cavs have different means to address their issues via an open roster spot, a few trade exceptions and a smattering of prospects (including spark-plug scorer Jordan McRae and draft-and-stash prospect Cedi Osman). Each of Cleveland's focus areas has multiple options, the best of which are broken down here.

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