Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the biggest surprises of the season as they stand out with 30-19 record weeks before the All-Star game. The Cavs would hope to solidify their place in the top-5 of the East by trading for Boston Celtics guard Dennis Schroder.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Celtics will look to offload Schroder’s deal in order to avoid the luxury tax. Cleveland received a disabled player exception worth $9M for the season-ending ACL injury of Ricky Rubio, so the 28-year-old fits the bill for the Cavs.
(via Bleacher Report)
“Today they were granted a $9 million disabled-player exception by the league for the Ricky Rubio season-ending ACL. They can use that to trade for a player with one year left on his contract,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said Thursday on NBA Today (5:38 mark). “League executives believe a main target for that will be Dennis Schroder, who fits into that trade exception. Such a trade would potentially take the Celtics below the luxury tax and he could help [the Cavs] on the perimeter.”Brian Windhorst, ESPN
The Cavaliers, who are also missing scoring guard Collin Sexton, seem to be primed to make a deep playoff push behind a great young core headlined by Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen.
As for Schroder, the Celtics are fighting for a playoff berth, being barely over .500 (25-24). The veteran point guard is under contract for just one season, and Boston is highly unlikely to have the cap space to sign him in the offseason.
Schroder is having a great season for Boston coming off the bench and averaging 15.4 points and 4.6 assists in 31.1 minutes per game. The Cavaliers recently added Rajon Rondo via trade. However, Schroder could seriously be considered an upgrade for the Cavs’ perimeter, adding another shot creator in the mix.