It appears that one of those players, Hill, is on the verge of packing his bags for Cleveland. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, a deal for the Cavs to acquire Hill from the Sacramento Kings is imminent.
"Definite change happening. One trade for sure, maybe multiple," Windhorst said on Tuesday's episode of ESPN's "The Jump." "They're way down the road on a deal with Sacramento for George Hill. That's like on the 1-yard line."
Sacramento and Cleveland continue to discuss a deal for guard George Hill, league sources tell ESPN. Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye are primary players in ongoing conversations.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 23, 2018
Windhorst also reported that the Cavs have been talking with the Los Angeles Lakers about a potential trade, though he didn't identify any players. He believes the Cavaliers will make multiple moves to shake up their current roster.
Later Windhorst and Wojnarowski also reported that if the proposed Cavs-Kings deal goes down, Sacramento would have to clear a roster spot, and they've been looking at separate deals involving Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere in order to do so. Via ESPN:
Sacramento has to clear a roster spot to take on one or two additional players in a deal with Cleveland, and has been discussing deals for young forwards Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere to clear roster spots, league sources said.
Hill clearly hasn't worked out in Sacramento and the Kings appear to be headed toward a full rebuild, so they'll happily unload the three-year, $57 million contract he signed this summer. Frye's contract is expiring and Shumpert has a player option for next season, so the Kings would likely have no problem taking those players on. The Cavs could also throw in their own first-round pick this season (not Brooklyn's pick, which they received int he Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade), if they need to sweeten the deal.
The Cavs are getting desperate after losing nine of their last 12 games, and have reportedly turned hostile. Windhorst said that harsh language was thrown around during a team meeting in which Kevin Love was to leave the Cavs' blowout loss to the Thunder on Sunday.
At 6-foot-3, Hill is capable of playing both guard spots and is known as a capable defender (though the numbers don't indicate it this season), an area where the Cavs are sorely deficient. Hill's lengthy, expensive contract probably isn't ideal for a team that's looking to get younger and build for the future, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
The 31-year-old Hill has averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds for the Kings this season, but he put up a career-high 16.9 points per game last year for the Utah Jazz, while dishing out 4.2 assists per game.
Whether Hill is the answer remains to be seen, but it's clear that the Cavs don't think they have what it takes to win the NBA title with their roster as it's currently constructed.