CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of four teams involved in an NBA-huge trade Wednesday afternoon that sent All-Star guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets.
According to sources who spoke to cleveland.com on condition of anonymity because the agreed trade has not yet been completed, the Cavs receive 22-year-old center Jarrett Allen and swingman Taurean Prince of Brooklyn in exchange for Dante Exum, Milwaukee’s 2022 first-round pick and a 2024 second round election.
The exam and first-time go to Houston, while the network receives the second-round pick. The Cavs will use their trade exemption to absorb Allen̵
Allen is the mainstay of the Cavs, giving them a young shot-blocking center that can grow with their young core. A limited free agent this offseason, the Cavs will inherit Allen’s Bird rights, can match any potential offer sheet and are optimistic about their chances of signing him to a long-term contract.
In 12 games with Brooklyn this season, Allen is averaging 11.2 points on 67.7% shooting to go with 10.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks. He ranks 10th in rebounds and ninth in blocks.
Prince gives the undermined Cavs a healthy, versatile wing, while Dylan Windler continues to recover from a broken left hand. After three years with the Atlanta Hawks to begin his career, Prince arrived in Brooklyn before the 2019-20 season. Buried on the depth chart in his second season with the Nets, Prince averages a career-low of 8.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18.2 minutes.
To make the deal work, the Cavs will drop center Thon Maker and the newly acquired Yogi Ferrell, sources say.
Harden, the unfortunate star who wanted out of Houston, will form a potential super team in Brooklyn along with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The Nets reportedly sent Houston a package that includes players and draft pick. It also featured guard Caris LeVert, who was turned to the Pacers for Victor Oladipo.
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