KEY POINTS

  • Cavs are hoping to get a trade done for Brandon Knight and/or John Henson
  • Cavs unlikely to get something great for Knight and Henson
  • Knight and Henson's durability may hinder NBA trade interest

The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to shop some of their players although other teams may be more interested in Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. Looking beyond that, other veterans could be on the table as well. The only problem is that they may not be of interest to fetch something lucrative.

Among the players the Cavs could move are Brandon Knight and John Henson. The careers of both have been hampered by injuries and such has affected their performance.

Knight, the 8th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft has struggled to finish a season. The most games he has played are 75 games and this was way back during the 2012-13 NBA season with the Detroit Pistons. His best year was with the Phoenix Suns in the 2015-16 wars. He averaged 19.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.1 assists that year, playing in 52 games, per Basketball-Reference.com. Since then, things have just gone downhill for the 28-year-old guard.

Henson, 29, has also struggled to finish an NBA season. The most he played is 70 games back in the 2013-14 NBA season with the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the best year he has had so far, averaging 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.7 blocks. Like Knight, his game has dwindled from there.

Right now, the Cavs plan to showcase both players with injuries to players in their rotation. According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, giving both playing time could help spark some interest from other teams moving forward. Worth noting as well is that both are on expiring deals.

With the playing time and numbers both Knight and Henson have to show, it may be a futile cause. Both could respond well with more minutes but consistent numbers are what contending NBA teams are looking for. In short, trade interest on both may not be that high.

Regardless, it would depend on a team's needs. Henson could be a defensive player teams would need, clogging the middle. There are teams in need of a role player and the 6-foot-9 big man could come off the bench to provide that. Knight's chances may not be that good considering there are many free agent guards available in the market.

Will any team bite and offer something to the Cavs for both or either? Even if there is, it is unlikely to be something interesting unless the offer includes someone of similar or lesser value. As for picks, it may not be better than rights to late second-rounders at most.

Brandon Knight Brandon Knight awaits his future next NBA season. Brandon Knight #2 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the pregame introductions against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Getty Images/Michael Reaves