Barring a blockbuster trade, the Cavaliers' best bet may be to pull out all the stops for P. And after hitting 24-of-60 (40 percent) from three after a midseason trade to the Toronto Raptors last season, Tucker may yet fit the mold of a three-and-D type.The trick for Cleveland will be convincing Tucker (or any other player, really) to take what could be a pay cut to play for a title contender.With only exceptions to spend after adding Paul to the roster, the Rockets will be limited in the types of players they can add.In a perfect world, their non-taxpayer mid-level exception, worth about .4 million, would be enough to satisfy Taj Gibson.The Rockets, though, have the requisite recruiters to at least bend Gibson's ear.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, now 1-2 against the Warriors in the championship series, could be angling for a game-changing trade of their own.
If he's willing to accept a little bit less—a tall order in today's NBA, where role players can now command annual salaries into eight figures—he could become a critical component in a fourth straight Finals showdown between the Cavs and Warriors.
For all the talk of the Houston Rockets acquiring a star wing (i.e.
And while he can't quite stretch out to the arc, he's a credible threat in the pick-and-pop from mid-range.
Trouble is, to go to Houston, he would not only have to take a slice off his million salary from last season; he'd also have to take an even bigger haircut from what he could earn on the open market, be it by re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder or hopping on elsewhere.
In that case, it's possible that no other contender will be just one piece away from knocking the Dubs off their perch.