Yea, I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out.
News broke today that Cleveland Cavaliers' shooting guard/small forward Iman Shumpert will miss the next 12-14 weeks due to a wrist injury. Shumpert is an athletic scorer and an excellent defender on the wing.
He was a big reason why the Cavaliers looked unbeatable at times in the playoffs, and with Shumpert's injury scheduled to keep him out until two months into the season, Cleveland will be looking for someone to step in and fill the void. As of right now, some of Shumpert's minutes would be added to J.R. Smith's total, but the remaining minutes would be divided between Joe Harris and Mo Williams.
Not exactly ideal for a team looking to get back to the Finals.
This is where Celtics' swingman Evan Turner comes in. Turner is very athletic, can handle the ball and score fairly well, and is a relatively solid defensive player. J.R. Smith and the others can score, but Turner's style of play is much more similar to what the Cavaliers are losing in Iman Shumpert.
The other positive for Cleveland is Evan Turner's contract. With the upcoming season being the final year on Turner's deal, and his salary listed at only $3,425,510, the Cavs are not taking on any longterm expenses. At the same time, the team acquires a veteran player who can come in and fill the role left by Shumpert and Cleveland can watch him walk at season's end.
The tricky part would be working out a return package for Boston, and with there being no active rumors linking the two teams to a deal, it is just a thought for now. But it is certainly an interesting one, as the Cavs look to retool for another championship run, will Danny Ainge convince Cleveland to send assets in return for the veteran swingman?
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
By Jacob Young, @Jacob_BBS