As NBA players continue to find new homes this offseason via free agency, the trade market has also been buzzing with activity.
Be it Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat, DeMar DeRozan to the Chicago Bulls or now Spencer Dinwiddie to the Washington Wizards (OK, so that one's technically part of the Westbrook trade), we've already seen plenty of big names swapped across the league.
So, who's next?
Based on the latest reports, the following three trades could soon come to fruition.
Cavs Land Josh Hart in Sign-and-Trade
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: G/F Josh Hart (via sign-and-trade)
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: SF Cedi Osman, 2023 second-round pick
Outside of signing starting center Jarrett Allen to a five-year, $100 million contract, the Cavs have stayed quiet in free agency.
For a team now stocked at guard (Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, Ricky Rubio) and in the frontcourt (Allen, Kevin Love, Evan Mobley, Larry Nance Jr.), Cleveland needs some wings to help balance out the roster.
As Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports, the Cavs have had discussions with the Pelicans about a sign-and-trade for restricted free agent Josh Hart.
At 6'5", Hart can play both small forward and shooting guard, is an excellent rebounder, solid defender and a passable three-point shooter (34.8 percent for his career). Hart is also close with Nance from their time together with the Los Angeles Lakers.
If the Pelicans are hesitant to give Hart a new deal, they could look to cut salary and simply seek a draft pick in return. Hart would need to sign at least a three-year deal for a sign-and-trade to be executed, and should get between $8 million and $12 million annually.
Should New Orleans want a player back to replace him, Osman makes roughly the same amount ($8.1 million in 2021-22), is also 26 and can play multiple positions.
Cavs general manager Koby Altman worked for David Griffin in Cleveland, so the two front offices should be able to work something out.