Laurie Markanen to the Cavaliers, Larry Nance Jr. to the Trail Blazers, Derek Jones Jr. to the Bulls
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls have agreed to a three-team deal, sending Laurie Markanen to the Cavaliers, Larry Nance Jr. to the Trail Blazers, Derek Jones Jr., one A protected first-round pick from Portland, and a second-round pick from Cleveland to the Bulls.
Markanen was the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and has been the subject of trading rumors for months.
In three seasons in Chicago, Markanen worked hard to use his high potential, averaging 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to cover up some flawed defenses.
Cleveland is clearly betting that Markanen will solve the problem on both ends of the court, not only because they traded him, but also because they signed a four-year, $67 million contract extension.
With a career average of 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, Nance Jr. will have a direct impact on the Trail Blazers’ frontcourt; especially on the defensive end.
The Bulls got super-sports Jones Jr. and some draft capital in this deal.
All in all, this is a meaningful deal for all parties, although some people want to know how the Cavaliers head coach JB Bickerstaff will be led by Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley and Kevin Mobley. The frontcourt led by Love found time for Markkanen.
Ai is a strange person, which means that the organization may have to buy out his contract to find playing time for the young core.
This post is written by Chris Heckmann