The Cleveland Cavaliers have been stuck in a rut all season long in John Beilein's ill-fated first campaign in the pros, and decided to shake up their roster to perhaps give this team a jolt.
Cleveland traded guard Jordan Clarkson, who was their third-leading scorer, to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the often-injured point guard Dante Exum.
Utah will also send Cleveland two separate second round picks in 2022 and 2023 to complete the transaction.
Clarkson, a former second-round pick, put up some good scoring numbers on some bad Lakers teams before he was traded to LeBron James' Cavs in 2018. After one of the worst NBA Finals' performances in history, Clarkson remained with Cleveland as one of the best sixth men in the league. He was averaging 14.6 points-per-game before he was traded.
The Australian Exum was picked fifth overall in 2014, but has suffered shoulder and knee injuries that have sapped him of his offensive potential. He has averaged just 5.7 points and 2.2 assists-per-game in his career, and has played in just 11 games this season.
Clarkson's talents are going to waste on a Cavaliers team that is going nowhere fast, while Exum's chance to prove he can play post-injuries was being wasted sitting on the bench with the Jazz. A win-now team gets a volume scorer it has lacked, while the rebuilding team takes on a tantalizing reclamation project.
It's a win-win.