July 12, 2024

According to a source within the NBA speaking to Hoops Wire, the Cleveland Cavaliers have no intention of trading Darius Garland or Jarrett Allen to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram. Unless Garland or Allen explicitly request a trade, the Cavaliers are not planning to part ways with either player.

Garland boasted averages of 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in the last season, with solid shooting percentages of 44.6% from the field, 37.1% from three-point range, and 83.4% from the free-throw line, while Allen, with two years and $40 million remaining on his contract, delivered 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, along with defensive contributions, shooting an impressive 63.4% from the field and 74.2% from the charity stripe.

The Cavaliers are committed to building around Garland, Allen, Donovan Mitchell, and Evan Mobley, with Mitchell expected to secure a max contract extension and Mobley likely to ink a substantial rookie-scale extension.

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Despite their recent playoff defeat to the Boston Celtics, where Mitchell missed crucial games and Allen was sidelined for the entire series, the Cavaliers remain focused on their core players’ development. Meanwhile, Ingram, who has one year left on his contract, is eligible for a significant extension this offseason. The Pelicans, on the other hand, are reportedly eager to explore trade options for Ingram, especially after their disappointing playoff exit at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Ingram, acquired in the Anthony Davis trade, has failed to lift the Pelicans beyond mediocrity, leaving them with a lackluster playoff record. However, the Cavaliers, as indicated by NBA insider Michael Scotto, aren’t particularly enthusiastic about acquiring Ingram, expressing concerns about his contract demands post the upcoming season. Despite potential interest from New Orleans in Garland, it appears there may not be a suitable trade scenario aligning with Cleveland’s objectives.

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