Grade the Trades: 5 win-now moves that could rescue Golden State's season

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GSW-CLE trade

Grade the Trade #2: Golden State adds a starting big man and a recent lottery pick.

Although the Warriors have some depth at center with Kevon Looney and the emerging Trace Jackson-Davis, they could use a lot more size, and a suggested deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers would provide that. The hypothetical deal would see the Warriors ship out Kuminga, Green, and a second-round pick to the Cavs for center Jarrett Allen.

For Cleveland, there has been some talk about them moving Allen and sliding Evan Mobley up to the five, where he could be more effective. That would make their all-star center expendable, opening the door for a potential deal with the Warriors.

The Cavaliers adding Kuminga would certainly be intriguing, given his upside and ability to play a role as a perimeter defender and athletic finisher. Moreover, Green would give Cleveland an experienced power forward, with either him or Kuminga sliding into their starting lineup. On the other hand, Allen is an athletic finisher who'd give the Warriors an effective roll man to finish off lobs and dump off passes from Curry or Paul.

He is also a terrific rebounder and solid rim protector who could help improve their defense and overall performance since the Warriors have struggled to hold onto leads and close out close games. It might not be the most exciting trade, but it could help both teams. Trade Grade: B