Chris Andersen won an NBA title with LeBron James in Miami, but he won’t be winning an NBA title with LeBron James in Cleveland. The 38-year-old big man was traded to Charlotte, along with cash, for a protected second-round pick Monday. The Hornets immediately waived the veteran, who is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in December.
Andersen, however, is not the story here.
“The real story is the Cavaliers,” NBA.com writer Shaun Powell said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “What are they going to do? This could be a precursor for another trade before the deadline. It opens up a roster spot possibly. I would be on the lookout for what Cleveland’s going to do. LeBron James obviously was whining a couple weeks ago that he wanted some help, and I think the Cavaliers are doing all they can to bring in some sort of low-cost player who can come in and produce – at least get into the rotation and serve a role. So let’s see what the Cavaliers do between now and the trade deadline.”
The trade deadline is Feb. 23. The Cavs (37-16) lead the Celtics (36-19) by two games in the East entering play Feb. 14.
The Cavs may look to acquire a big man, especially if Kevin Love is out for an extended period of time. Love, who is averaging 20.0 points and 11.1 rebounds, will miss Tuesday’s game against Minnesota with knee pain.
“That’s a strange situation,” Powell said. “I don’t know if everybody knows the extent of the severity. (It was) enough for him to miss a game. Obviously they want to be very careful about the level of soreness, if there’s any kind of damage. This is not the time to start throwing a guy out there and playing him 30 minutes a game. The Cavaliers are probably going to win the East, so I just think that they’re being cautious with him right now and seeing how it responds to treatment and to rest.”
The Cavs play at Minnesota (21-34) on Tuesday and host the Pacers (29-26) on Wednesday before the All-Star break. Tip-off for each game is slated for 8 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.