Jason Lloyd’s Twitter mailbag: DeMarcus Cousins, small forwards and Anderson Varejao trade debate

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Do you see the Cavs entertaining a deal for DeMarcus Cousins? They should at least explore it IMO. Thanks, Jason! @HHSReport

I’m sure the Cavs have internally discussed whether DeMarcus Cousins is worth pursuing and at what price. Cavs General Manager Chris Grant and Sacramento Kings GM Geoff Petrie got together on a deal a couple of summers ago that sent J.J. Hickson to the Kings for Omri Casspi and a protected pick, so the two men certainly know how to get a deal done.

But for all his talent, Cousins doesn’t seem to fit the profile of the guys Grant is trying to acquire. His outbursts and immaturity have caused real problems in the Kings’ locker room and character counts for quite a bit in this Cavs’ front office. I spoke last year to someone who knows Cousins pretty well who said the Kings probably gave him too much, too soon, such as erecting the billboard of him in downtown Sacramento.

It’s fair to wonder how much different Cousins’ attitude would be in a better organization, and the Cavs have been searching for a young big whom they can control for the next few years. Cousins fits that. Ultimately, however, I’d suspect the Kings will get more from another organization than the Cavs are willing to gamble.

Will the Cavaliers address small forward in the draft or through trade? @ktjazz14

Well, they already tried addressing it through trade once before when they obtained Casspi, but that didn’t work out so well. It’s hard to say what position the Cavs will target since we obviously have no idea where they’ll be drafting and who will be available.

To simplify it, all things being equal, I think they would look at another big before drafting a small forward. But I actually think they would be fine leaving Alonzo Gee to man the small forward position for at least one more season after this one.

If you are the Cavs and there are deals from Minnesota and Toronto for Andy, what do you take? Minny giving up Love in deal? @I_am_a_MOGUL

My inbox is flooded every week with Anderson Varejao trade questions. There likely won’t be any movement on that until much closer to the trade deadline, so I’m ready to put a moratorium on all Varejao trade questions. But I included this one because after my column last Sunday, I keep getting Kevin Love questions.

To be clear, I don’t think Love is going anywhere this season. And if he is moved, I’m not sure the Cavs have the pieces the Timberwolves would be seeking. The Timberwolves are not going to give up Love for Varejao and some spare parts or draft picks or young players. They are entering win-now mode and want high-level players in return.

Love has made it clear, barring dramatic changes, he probably won’t return to Minnesota when his contract expires. The Timberwolves would be wise to listen to offers for him. But it’s a lot easier to win with him on your roster. Either way, I don’t see him landing in Cleveland.


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