November 26, 2022

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been cooling off a little lately after a scorching start to the season, but they still look like one of the top teams in the league early on. With their dominant backcourt duo of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland at the helm, the Cavs have an 11-6 record that’s currently good for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Many people were curious as to whether or not Mitchell would be a fit for Cleveland following an odd end to his tenure with the Utah Jazz, but he was just what the Cavs needed early this season. With Garland playing alongside him and the center duo of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley leading the frontcourt, it’s easy to see why the Cavaliers looked so good in the early stages.

However, like any team, the Cavs aren’t perfect, and there are areas where they can improve their roster through the trade market. With trade rumors floating around like crazy this season, let’s take a look at the Cavs’ most realistic trade goal and see why this player could be such an important addition to their team.

Cavs trade target: Malik Beasley

The Cavs have already struck a deal with the Jazz for Mitchell, so why not return to them to bring Malik Beasley on board? On the surface, it makes a lot of sense and could help stabilize what is, for Cleveland, a somewhat shaky bench unit through the first 17 games of the season.

While the Cavaliers struggled with some injuries in the early days, their wing depth was lacking early on. Caris LeVert has done well in a pretty big role, but it feels like he’ll need some help from the bench if the Cavs really want to make noise this season, even if Ricky Rubio does come back eventually.

That’s why Beasley would be such a smart addition for the Cavs. Beasley was picked up by the Jazz as part of the Rudy Gobert trade and he’s looked solid so far coming off the bench for Utah. Beasley is a strong goalscorer who can come off the bench or take a starting role and while his defense isn’t fantastic the Cavaliers wouldn’t trade him for it.

Mitchell and Garland would largely allow Beasley to stay on the bench, and while Beasley can sometimes step in at small forward, that’s not the best place to play him. Beasley would be at his best if Cleveland came off the bench and gave them a shot on goal with Mitchell or Garland off the field. Right now, LeVert has a heavy load to manage behind Mitchell and Garland, and it doesn’t seem sustainable.

During his 19 games with the Jazz, Beasley was keen to put together a bounce-back season after struggling with the Timberwolves in the 2021-22 season. Beasley’s shot rates are up, as are his hits and rebounds. We’ve seen during his time with Minnesota that Beasley can score close to 20 points a game on occasion, and while that wouldn’t be necessary at Cleveland, having it on the bench is a tempting option.

The Cavs could realistically target a 3-and-D guard over Beasley, but Beasley’s offensive acumen seems to suit Cleveland better right now than adding a less experienced offensive player who can play better defense. The Cavaliers already have a strong defensive team, so they need to add some more points to their bench. That makes Beasley the perfect choice for her.

The Jazz’ surprisingly hot start to the season put them in an interesting position as they weren’t really aiming for victory, instead finding themselves as the second-best team in the Western Conference. Utah doesn’t seem keen on trading Lauri Markkanen or Jordan Clarkson, but Beasley could be a sneaky trade target despite her hot start.

Utah hasn’t ruled out a possible move for Beasley, which should be music to Cleveland’s ears. Beasley looks like the perfect addition to their bench unit and given the state of their current squad, adding more points certainly couldn’t hurt them.

The Cavs could likely hold out this season and have a deep postseason run, but if they want to be legitimate title contenders they need to make a move or two to bolster their depth. Adding Beasley would be exactly what the doctor ordered, and if the Cleveland continues to slow after a hot start, the front office could be persuaded to strike a deal for Beasley.

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