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The Cleveland Cavaliers hit a road bump when they lost veteran point guard Ricky Rubio to a torn ACL. It was a tough blow for the Cavaliers as they were already without guard Collin Sexton, who is sidelined for the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season because of a meniscus injury.

But, they have since gathered their bearings. Cleveland has won five games in a row, pushing their record to 27-18 on the season. They are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and only 1.5 games behind the first-place Chicago Bulls.

Not even the most optimistic of Cavaliers fans could have predicted this was coming. But, their entire game plan has changed as their timeline has moved up rapidly.

Coming into the season, some people thought the Cavaliers could challenge for a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament. They are blowing those expectations away, as they are competing for home-court advantage in the first round.

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To hold onto their spot in the standings, they could use some reinforcements. They are clear buyers ahead of the NBA trade deadline and they have numerous players on their radar. Caris LeVert of the Indiana Pacers has been linked to Cleveland, but he is far from the only player they could show interest in.

In a recent appearance on the Wine and Gold Talk Podcast, Cleveland Cavaliers inside Chris Fedor broke down some trade rumors. Cleveland is casting a wide net in the trade market to upgrade their roster.

“If the [Brooklyn] Nets make Joe Harris available, and I’m not saying that they’re going to, but if they make him available, the Cavs would be very interested there,” said Cavs insider Chris Fedor. “Terrence Ross is somebody who makes a lot of sense from Orlando. Dennis Schroder makes sense from Boston given what the Cavs would have to offer, given what his salary is. Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz is a name to watch for, Goran Dragic of Toronto.

“I’m not sure that Kyle Anderson would be moved by Memphis because of how good Memphis is, and they’re a legitimate contender in the Western Conference, but if they were willing to listen to offers on Kyle Anderson, I think that’s somebody that would intrigue the Cavs. And then Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets makes a lot of sense given his salary and what it would take in order to get him.”

There is a lot to unpack from what Fedor shared. Arguably the most surprising thing is that the Cavaliers seem to be focusing more on wing help than in the backcourt. Many presumed even after acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Los Angeles Lakers that a point guard would be atop their target list.

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But, it is not surprising that the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for help on the wing. With Isacc Okoro moving to shooting guard and Lauri Markkanen playing small forward, they could use a little more help at the wing spots.

Joe Harris and Joe Ingles would provide much-needed 3-point shooting. Terrence Ross and Eric Gordon can both shoot it from distance but would bring more scoring punch to the second unit. Kyle Anderson is a do-it-all forward that can play defense, spread the floor and run the offense as a point-forward. He could provide another playmaker with Rubio and Sexton sidelined, just as Ingles would.

Every player mentioned would bring something to the table that would help upgrade a weakness on the roster. Most importantly, a majority of them would not break the bank.

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Cleveland is heading in the right direction and should be looking to make some upgrades. But, they will be smart about holding onto their best assets to try and make a big splash when the opportunity presents itself to push them to true contender status.