I would love to get my hands on a nice pair of slacks. Colonel Dietrich would love to get his hands on the Ark of the Covenant. And the Cavaliers would apparently love to get their hands on Jared Dudley, according to Brian Windhorst.
Here's what he had to say on ESPN Cleveland on Friday morning when he was asked about who the Cavaliers would like to target at the trade deadline:
The Cavs would love to get their hands on Jared Dudley. They kicked around trading for Dudley last summer, the Bucks basically gave him away. He plays for the Wizards. He's shooting over 40 percent from three-point range, quality defensive player, quality locker room guy on the last year of his contract.
The problem is, the Wizards have the easiest schedule in the league after the All-Star break. So even though they've been a disappointment to this point, the difficulty is they still feel like they can make a run because of what their schedule is and they're going to be healthy. So right now, he's not available.
So that's one of the things, if you're looking for something to root for between now and the deadline, it's for the Wizards to lose every game so that they get more interested in trading Dudley. But I just don't think the Wizards are going to do it because he's valuable to them and they feel like they're going to make a second-half run.
Windhorst also pointed out Jared Dudley has ties with Cavaliers GM David Griffin from their time together in Phoenix.
You can understand why the Cavaliers would be interested in Dudley, but even if the Wizards were to flame out consider trading him, Cleveland doesn't have much to offer that makes sense to the Wizards. The only players the Wizards could get back in a one-for-one swap for Dudley would be J.R. Smith (who can veto any trade he's included in) or Timofey Mozgov. Even if you made the deal bigger so you could get a young asset in return, the options (Matthew Dellavedova and Jared Cunningham) aren't all that great.
It's nice to see that teams are interested in Dudley and want to make something happen, but it just appears to reinforce the idea that the Wizards haven't given up on trying to salvage this season, which makes any kind of deal unlikely.