The Cleveland Cavaliers (32-14) and more specifically, LeBron James, has expressed interest in upgrading the team.
Cleveland currently sits as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. This shouldn’t be considered subject to change, barring a meltdown.
A few names have been linked to the Cavs over the last couple weeks and perhaps the most recent one is TJ McConnell.
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Though the Sixers denied the offer, it’s easy to see why Cleveland would be interested in a player such as McConnell. He is an excellent distributor, controls the pace, and has great overall basketball instinct.
TJ has had a great year for the Sixers despite the fact he does not produce the most eye-popping numbers. His job isn’t to produce the big number, his job is to help the team win and he’s done that to an extent. The Sixers still don’t have the best talent but like McConnell, they’re bringing out the best in their abilities.
He is currently shooting 45 percent from the field on the season and making almost 48 percent of his two-point field goals. His three-point shooting still isn’t all the way there as he makes a quarter of his attempts. McConnell operates and does his damage in the mid-range area as well as around the rim, so this is a stat teams will live with.
The Cavaliers don’t have a backup point guard that they can go to for consistency in minutes. They’ve experimented with a guy like Kay Felder, but it’s clear the organization feels that he isn’t ready for such a role. Essentially he’s taking up a roster spot until they find a more talented, consistent player.
Cleveland will undoubtedly be the number one seed and perhaps cruise past the other teams in the East when it comes time for the playoffs. Adding another piece is simply an attempt to become a more well-rounded team when it comes time to battle the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals again.
It’s clear that the Cavaliers want to add another piece. As it pertains to the East, they’ll survive. Once they inevitably get back to The Finals, their talent may run thin, especially against a team like Golden State.
TJ McConnell would be a tremendous fit for the Cavs but at this point, the way the Sixers are playing, they simply aren’t going to turn him over for little-to-no value in return. The Sixers made the right decision.