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NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs reportedly eyeing Jimmy Butler, but they'll need a third team


After losing 4-1 in the NBA Finals to the Warriors, the Cavaliers are on the clock to regroup, reload and run it back once more before LeBron James becomes a free agent in 2018. So adding three-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler -- which ESPN's Marc Stein reports the team is working to achieve -- would certainly would bode well for the immediate future of the franchise.

Stein's report states that Cleveland, which does not have many assets to offer, has been working to strike a deal to bring Butler to Cleveland that could involve another team.

Although Cleveland owned a historically great offensive unit in 2016-17, its defense -- which allowed 121.6 points per game in the Finals -- was clearly the team's biggest deficiency. It ranked eighth out of 16 playoff teams in defensive rating. So the objective in acquiring Butler, it seems, is to address its biggest weakness.

Adding Butler would not only adequately address Cleveland's struggles on defense -- Butler is a three-time All-Defensive Second Team honoree whose calling card is his defensive prowess -- 

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