Cleveland Cavaliers star Andre Robyn trade for Andre Brown, but not without costing the team the future of one of the most valuable players in the league.
Brown, a restricted free agent, will become a restricted, non-guaranteed contract this summer and the Cavs could use his services, as the franchise looks to avoid losing a key player.
The trade was part of a series of moves that brought Cleveland one step closer to the Finals this season, and it comes on the heels of another trade that sent Cleveland a first-round draft pick in the 2020 NBA draft and a 2019 second-rounder.
Brown and Roberson are among the top players in Cleveland’s history, with the Cavaliers leading the league in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding since they joined the league a decade ago.
Brown has made a career of scoring, averaging 22.9 points per game.
The Cavs, though, are no longer able to offer Roberson the kind of guaranteed contract that he had in Cleveland, but Cleveland could use him this summer.
The Cavaliers could use Brown as a stretch power forward who can play multiple positions, a role he filled with the Cavs during their championship season in 2015-16.
The Cavs were one of several teams that had been in the market for Brown this summer, and they could be able to bring him back to Cleveland for a package that would bring back Roberson, as well as a player such as the Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram.
Brown was the Cavs’ No. 3 scorer in 2016-17, averaging 18.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in 32 games, but he fell out of the rotation this season and was traded to the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 29.
He played just 18 minutes per game for the Cavaliers, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest.
Brown has made it clear he wants to return to Cleveland, and the Cavaliers are ready to do that.
But Brown’s trade value could be higher than the Cavs think.
The Browns could be looking for a long-term deal, but they also might want to make some moves on the trade market to bolster the team’s chances of making the playoffs this season.