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Can Thompson be moved?

Discussion in 'Trades, Free Agency, & the Draft' started by Ozone, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:37 PM.

  1. Ozone

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    Is there anyone with any idea of how to get him the heck off this team?
    Throwing in Smith Hill and Korver while your at it would be $
     
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    He prob can't be moved. Until Love comes back I would love Zizic and Nance to start, and TT to come off the bench, but that ain't happening.
     
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    Yes, Thompson can easily be moved.


    To the bench
     
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    Mr. MacPhisto Lapsed Point Guard

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    If he keeps playing well may give him some value by February. The most value would come if they take back a three year high money deal.
     
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    One of the only ways I can see TT being trade is if a team with no potential for cap space has their center get a career or season ending injury and that center is on a similar contract. Like if it's a career ending injury and the player is on an expiring, I could see us swapping them for no assets either way. Season ending injury and the player has the same years left as TT, while that player has also been on decline, maybe we get a 2nd round pick or a pair of 2nds.

    Someone has also suggested a Bismack Biyombo straight up trade, just as a change of scenery for both. I could also see the same thing for Mozgov.
     
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    He is playing well. Maybe there is a way to trade him at some point. I just can't think where he fits. His original roll as an off the bench energy guy with a pick and roll whiz that he could set screens for and get oops from would prob make the most sense. Not sure where that is, and what dead weight we could take from them.
     
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    It's really hard to figure where he fits when you take into account his contract. If he was at 10-11 million it might be a different story. For what he gives you would assume a GM would try to a couple guys from the G-league before committing to his 17.5 and 18.5 million. If someone wanted TT, wouldn't they be trying out Marcus Lee right now on a 10 day or a two way contract.
     
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    TT playing well helps his value, but no team will trade for him just to have him.

    If he's a better fit than a player at similar cost on a similar length of contract, the Cavs might be able to get some a modest asset out of a trade (like a second round pick or an inexpensive role player in addition to taking on a similar contract).

    For instance, Thompson might provide slightly better overall production than Dieng for the Timberwolves and would also take that large contract off the books a year earlier than Dieng's expiration. That would give The Timberwolves $17M extra in cap in 2020.

    The Cavs would have to take Dieng's contract. So while the two players cancel one another out in some ways, Thompson would free up cap earlier. What is this worth to Minnesota and what would make it worthwhile for the Cavs to carry that money for an extra year? Ultimately that's where it would hang.

    For the Cavs, there's no reason to trade Thompson for anything less than a first rounder in this type of situation as long as they are not desperate. Thompson will grow in value over time either as an ending contract next year or as an expired contract where cap space will be freed and that cap space COULD be parlayed into draft picks by taking bad money contracts.
     

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