In a move many describe as creating flexibility for an even bigger trade, possibly for Kevin Love, the Cavaliers acquired 3 players from the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
Cleveland received John Lucas II, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from Utah in exchange for Carrick Felix, their second round pick in 2015 and cash considerations.
Lucas appeared in 42 games and averaged 3.8 points per contest. Thomas played for Utah and San Antonio, and Murphy appeared in 24 games for Chicago.
Felix was a second round pick by the Cavs in the 2013 draft. He appeared in 7 games in Cleveland and 9 games with the Canton Charge of the D-League.
The three players could be included in packages to lead up to a Love trade or be used in a Love deal itself. One player, Thomas, could remain with the Cavs as a backup player.
Minnesota is, according to reports, hopeful to have a package for Love, also including veterans like J.J. Barea and possibly Kevin Martin.