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Can the Cavaliers win the East without making a trade? (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

It turns out that enough of LeBron James crying and complaining how he doesn’t have enough help may entice the Cavaliers to make extreme measures to please their whining superstar. The Cavaliers acquired the unprotected Brooklyn Nets first-round pick via the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics this summer. Of course, that trade (As Predicted), has backfired. Isaiah Thomas stinks, Jae Crowder stinks, and the Nets are better than expected. Now it appears that the Cavaliers are willing to trade the Nets pick.

Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer had the latest on the Cavs recent trade talks:

“I keep hearing the Cavs absolutely won’t trade the Brooklyn draft pick. That’s not true. I’ve heard from top league sources the Cavs will do it — but not for a short-term answer such as DeAndre Jordan. That’s because Jordan can become a free agent at the end of the season.”

It appears as of now that the Cavs are not willing to fork over their prized asset for a rental like DeAndre Jordan. DeMarcus Cousins could have been included as a rental option but he’s now out for the season. Lou Williams and Tyreke Evans are other known quantities on the block who the Cavs may opt to use their own draft pick to trade for.

Pluto continues his column for the potential criteria a deal involving the Nets pick would look like.

“The Cavs would trade the pick for a younger player who is under team control for a few years. But they are willing to deal their own first-round pick in 2018 for the right short-term fix.”

As of now, there isn’t a clear fit out there involving the Nets pick. The Cavs have been rumored to be shopping Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, J.R. Smith, and Triston Thompson in an attempt to secure a deal to improve their roster. Good luck Koby Altman, you’re going to need it.