The Cavaliers have traded Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets and Tyler Zeller to the Boston Celtics, along with a future first-round pick, in what appears to be a cap-clearing move in anticipation of the return of LeBron James.
A league source confirmed the trade to the Beacon Journal, which was first reported by ESPN. Yahoo Sports reported the first-round pick from the Cavs is top 10 protected in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and unprotected in 2019. Wednesday’s deal gives the Cavs enough salary cap space to offer James a max contract.
The Cavs acquired the draft rights to Nets prospects Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic, according to Yahoo, but the main focus of this trade is the belief James is returning to the Cavaliers.