Rather than add target a big name, the Cavs are looking to use their $14 million trade exception to help facilitate deals for other teams:
According to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard, the Nets, Nuggets, and Cavs almost completed a three-way deal that would have sent Carmelo to New Jersey, Favors, Devin Harris, a lot of picks, and the Cavs’ 14.5 million trade exception to Denver, and Troy Murphy and two first-round picks to the Cavs. According to Broussard, the deal fell through because Carmelo wouldn’t sign an extension with the Netsand the Cavs and Nuggets both want the Warriors’ top-7 protected 2012 1st-rounder, which the Nets currently possess.
This is exactly the type of deal GM Chris Grant should be looking for. Sure, they may have to take on some salary (and Troy Murphy sucks), but any time you can net multiple first rounders, that’s a good thing.
More of this, please.