On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally began making moves in complimentary agency. First, Cleveland signed former Michigan forward Charles Matthews to an offer, according to league sources. Matthews, who tore his ACL in a predraft exercise with the Boston Celtics, is wanting to make a break into the NBA and wishes to do so with the Cavaliers. A tough-nosed, defensive-minded gamer, Matthews might be a darkhorse choice to make Cleveland’s last lineup when the 2020-21 season starts.

It’ll also assist soften the blow of the Cavaliers losing Alfonzo McKinnie, probably the team’s finest perimeter defender last season. The factor the Cavaliers lost McKinnie is that he was traded, together with Jordan Bell, to the Los Angeles Lakers for JaVale McGee and a 2026 second-round choice. Both McKinnie and Bell’s contracts were non-guaranteed heading into the 2020-21 season so to make the trade work the Los Angeles partly ensured their contracts to match McGee’s $4.2 million contract this season, per league sources.

It’s unidentified at this time if the Lakers will keep McKinnie and Bell however it doesn’t matter. Out of all 30 groups in the NBA, nobody had an offseason as great as Los Angeles. The Lakers lost Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard, all key factors, in totally free company this offseason. They attended to that by including Wes Matthews, Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol. To include Gasol, the Lakers had to move McGee to Cleveland. Sure, Gasol isn’t the gamer he once was at this point in his profession however he’s an enormous upgrade over McGee. All in all, the Lakers are primed and ready to protect their title and these new additions will likely make them a frustrating favorite for the 2021 NBA Champion.

For the Cavaliers, on the other hand, this trade was an enormous win for general manager Koby Altman. Altman took Bell and McKinnie, two fringe contributors on non-guaranteed offers, and flipped them for McGee and a future draft choice. While, McGee won’t start for Cleveland, but he’ll likely be here for a little while as the group lost franchise excellent Tristan Thompson to the Boston Celtics in complimentary agency. McGee likewise provides the Cavaliers another much-needed rim protector – something that’s of alarming need after the group ended up last in defensive effectiveness and blocks last season.

The previous Lakers big guy likewise supplies a backup strategy in the occasion Andre Drummond and his massive $28.7 million ending contract are moved in a trade. Mentioning trades, McGee likewise will likely have interested suitors on the marketplace as his skillset meshes with a lot of competing teams and his $4.2 million ending deal makes him an easily moveable asset too. Groups like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics all make good sense as trade partners for McGee. But, for now, McGee will remain as a member of the Cavaliers, per league sources.

” This trade is a win for all parties involved,” stated one Western Conference executive. “The Lakers were able to sign Marc Gasol to a currently excellent free firm class and the Cavs had the ability to maintain some monetary versatility all while adding much-needed depth.”

That financial flexibility is another crucial triumph in this trade for Cleveland. The Cavaliers’ alternatives in totally free agency this offseason were limited, they only have their $9.8 million mid-level exception and minimum offers to experiment with, so they weren’t anticipated to be significant gamers. So acquiring a gamer to resolve depth issues by means of trade was one of the few avenues available for Cleveland. But, with unloading McKinnie and Bell to the Lakers, the Cavaliers have also opened an area on their roster that might allow them to sign a gamer that can join the group’s rotation. Names like Matthew Dellavedova on a minimum agreement or Chris Boucher with the full mid-level exception.