The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a big splash ahead of the trade deadline by landing one of their preferred targets, Caris LeVert of the Indiana Pacers. They will send Ricky Rubio, a 2022 first-round pick and two second-round draft picks to Indiana, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Full trade: Indiana sends Caris LeVert and a 2022 second-round pick via Miami to Cleveland for Ricky Rubio, lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick via Houston and a 2027 second-round pick via Utah, per sources.
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The Cavaliers have been in need of scoring, especially from the perimeter, ever since Collin Sexton tore his meniscus early in the season. LeVert, who is averaging 18.7 points and 4.4 assists on 44.7 percent field-goal shooting, should provide some help in that department. the 27-year-old can take some pressure off of Darius Garland and give him another option to make plays for.
For the Pacers, this trade may be the first of many they make before the trade deadline. They land three draft picks, including two picks in this upcoming draft as long as Cleveland makes the playoffs, in exchange for one of their veterans. Rubio, who is sidelined with a torn ACL, will probably not play with the Pacers. LeVert was expected to be the most likely player to be traded. Now, Indiana has found him a new home while adding to their draft capital.
Surrendering a first-round draft pick may be a steep price but the Cavaliers are showing that they want to compete. They have stunned the NBA by becoming one of the Eastern Conference's best teams. With LeVert, they should be able to generate more offense and snap their three-year postseason drought.