The Portland Trail Blazers are preparing a free agent contract offer for Matthew Dellavedova and this comes as Brendan Haywood is a potential trade target from the Cleveland Cavaliers and these deals could allow the Cavs to sign back JR Smith and Tristan Thompson to deals after the team traded Rakeem Christmas.
According to media reports from CSN Northwest, the Blazers are preparing a contract offer for Dellavedova, who has been in negotiations to return to the Cavaliers., The Cavs just traded Rakeem Christmas and Brian Windhorst at ESPN reported that the Blazers are a potential option because of their cap space. CSN reports that the Blazers have the cap space to make a move on Dellavedova and it comes as he has hit a "fork in the road" in negotiations with the team. The Cavs have luxury tax issues and may not be able to afford Dellavedova and Smith.
Cavs Sports Talk also reported on the news and the site wrote on Twitter that the Blazers are "likely" going to "offer him a contract very soon." This would help the Cavs if they can trade Haywood as well, as the team has signed a number of players and their tax is going through the roof. That has been the main issue with Dellavedova and could pave the way for Smith to return.
Jason Lloyd at the Akron Beacon Journal reported that the team is still interested in bringing back guards JR Smith and Matthew Dellavedova and this move could help finish those deals. Windhorst reports that the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers are potential partners for the Cavaliers, as they have cap space to make a move and that is how the team can create a trade exception. The Cavs have shopped Haywood this offseason and after deals with the Lakers, Nets, Suns and Clippers did not happen, Cleveland is looking at other options.
The Trail Blazers could be a potential landing spot for Brendan Haywood from the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the Cavs are trying to move the big man and the Blazers are one of the only teams in the league with the cap space to make it happen and this comes as the team could look at adding Kevin Seraphin as a free agent.
The Blazers could be a fit for the Cavaliers, as Brian Windhorst at ESPN reports that Portland and the Philadelphia 76ers are the only teams with enough cap space to absorb the contract of Haywood with the Cavaliers. The Cavs are looking to sign back a number of players and after being unable to move Haywood earlier in the offseason, the team is looking to make a trade.
Windhorst reports that the Cavs moved Rakeem Christmas in a trade to help set up a deal with Haywood. The Cavaliers likely will need another "asset" to move with Haywood and his $10 million non-guaranteed deal and Windhorst writes that the team got a future second round pick from the Pacers. The Cavaliers are working to bring back Tristan Thompson on a contract extension and this trade with Haywood can help finish negotiations.