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CJ McCollum says Cleveland Cavaliers should give Trail Blazers one of their big men

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the most unconventional lineups in the NBA.

They are huge.  

The Cavs boast a roster of bigs including 6-foot-11 center Andre Drummond, 6-foot-8 forward Kevin Love, 7-foot center JaVale McGee, as well as 6-foot-11 center Jarrett Allen and 6-foot-7 forward Taurean Prince, who Cleveland acquired in the four-team trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets.

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When NBA agent Nate Jones proposed the question of “what should the Cavs do with all their bigs,” Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum chimed in with the perfect response.

“Give us one,” McCollum tweeted on Sunday.

With Jusuf Nurkic out for at least eight weeks with a fractured right wrist and Zach Collins sidelined for the foreseeable future while he rehabs his left ankle stress fracture, the Trail Blazers roster is shallow with big men.

 

Signing another player could be the solution to Portland’s problems around the rim, and there’s no denying Cleveland has a plethora of big men to choose from. So, who would it be?

Could Kevin Love finally make it back to Portland after all these years of rumors that he wants to play in Rip City? Andre Drummond was a player the Trail Blazers reportedly inquired about in 2017 as ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne previously reported, but can Portland afford him? JaVale McGee’s asking price would certainly be low and he brings in another veteran presence Portland could use in the rotation. 

The Cavs have reportedly begun receiving calls on Drummond and McGee. 

Even if Portland did want to pull the trigger on McGee, he wouldn't be eligible for a trade until February 6th, when players who signed with a team in the offseason can be moved. 

But as Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes noted, Portland’s solution might be right there on the shelf in front of them.

On Saturday in Portland’s 112-106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the Trail Blazers turned to Enes Kanter (again) to fill in at the center spot.

Kanter, who subbed in as Nurk’s understudy when Bosnian Beast suffered a broken left leg in March of 2019, the year the Blazers went to the Western Conference Finals, played 29 minutes in the win, making 5 of 9 shots for 12 points while grabbing 15 rebounds, and adding three assists and five blocks in the win.

Harry Giles also made an impact off the bench, adding five rebounds, an assist and making one of the two shots he took in just over 11 minutes of play. 

McCollum has mentioned his close relationship with Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Neil Olshey before, but as he reminded us back in November, any moves are not up to him.  

 

“I talk to our GM almost every day, but I just give advice on players that I like,” McCollum said. “I don’t tell them what to do. That’s not my job… I’ll even circle players that I like on the free agency list, but from there, it’s up to you. You do your thing."