NBA Rumors: Cavaliers Looking To Trade Market To Fill Need

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a tremendous young "core four." They seem set in the frontcourt with Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, and have an All-Star duo in the backcourt with Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. 

But that search for the elusive, true 3-and-D wing who can lock down opponents on the perimeter and space the floor with reliable long-range shooting, is still ongoing. 

"League sources expect the Cavs to search the trade market for another short-term wing option," according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. 

Their in-house options are good, just not great. Caris LeVert isn't really a dangerous 3-point shooter, though he is at a career-high of 35.1% this season (his lifetime mark is 33%). When Isaac Okoro or Lamar Stevens is the 5th man on the floor, notes Lowe, defenses are swarming Cleveland's stars and forcing the ball to Okoro or Stevens, who are shooting 25% and 33%, respectively, from long distance. Cedi Osman, another possible solution, is only shooting 32.8% from three. 

The Cavs are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference, at 22-14, tantalizingly on the edge of true championship contention. But they need that one missing piece. 

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