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Report: Cavaliers tried to trade for T.J. McConnell, but 76ers declined

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: T.J. McConnell #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Richard Jefferson #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers fight for the ball in the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center on November 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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The Cavaliers have yet to fulfill LeBron James’ repeated request/demand of adding another point guard.

But Cleveland is apparently trying, including targeting the 76ers’ T.J. McConnell.

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

The Cleveland Cavaliers approached the Sixers several weeks ago about acquiring McConnell in a trade, according to several sources. The Sixers declined the offer.
The Cavs wanted to put together a deal that would have brought Jordan McRae back to Philly.

There’s a reason Philadelphia kept McConnell over McRae when both were in the 76ers’ training camp last season.

McConnell, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona, has quickly established himself as an NBA-caliber player. He’s a pass-first point guard who plays solid defense when not physically overmatched. Depending on the team, he’d land somewhere between backup and third point guard.

In Cleveland, he’d slide comfortably between Kyrie Irving and rookie Kay Felder and likely receive regular minutes -- at least during the regular season. In the playoffs, LeBron would likely have fewer qualms about taking the burden of running the second unit.

But McRae is not enough return for the 76ers. The Cavs would have to surrender a draft pick, which they likely knew. Without knowing which pick (if any) was offered, it’s impossible to judge this trade proposal fully.