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Top 15 "Playmakers" The Cleveland Cavaliers Could Acquire Right Now

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the defending NBA champions, but the 2016-17 season has been anything but easy through the first 40 plus games. The team has failed to properly replace Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov for this season and it has showed in their play on the court. Chris Anderson was meant to replace Mozgov, but he sustained a season ending injury early in the season. The Cavs drafted Kay Felder in hopes of him being a suitable back up to Kyrie Irving. Felder has failed to be productive as a late first round draft pick, and this has caused Kyrie Irving to try too hard at times.

Kyrie Irving’s play has been superb, but LeBron James has demanded that management add another playmaker. LeBron James has lobbied management by publicly making it known that the Cavs need better players. James has faced public criticism from media members such as Charles Barkley, and a small minority of them have questioned his willingness to compete. The Cavs added Kyle Korver but still are in need of someone to back up Kyrie Irving so that he does not have to try too hard.

Here are 15 “Playmakers” that could help the Cleveland Cavaliers right now.

15 Lance Stephenson

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14 Mario Chalmers

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13 T.J. McConnell

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12 Kirk Hinrich

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11 Carmelo Anthony

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The all elusive NBA championship is the prize that Carmelo Anthony is striving for, but it does not seem like his current team the New York Knicks will be capable of accomplishing that for a long time. Carmelo Anthony has a no trade clause in his contract. This could make it harder for the Knicks to accommodate their superstar, but he has made it apparent he would waive that no trade clause for the right opportunity. LeBron James and Anthony have been good friends for years which would make it an easy transition to play with him in Cleveland.

10 Ray Allen

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9 D.J. Augustin

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

8 Marco Belinelli

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

7 Aaron Brooks

6 Ty Lawson

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5 Nick Young

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4 Taj Gibson

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

3 Langston Galloway

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

2 Ricky Rubio

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1 Rajon Rondo

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

It has been made very public that Rajon Rondo has not enjoyed his short stint so far with the Chicago Bulls. Rondo has even been relegated to the bench, and had stern words for Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler's criticism of the team. Just last season Rondo led the NBA in assists with the Sacramento Kings and now he can’t even start for a team in the Chicago Bulls that might not make the playoffs. The Cavaliers would be delighted to be able to give Rondo an expanded role on a championship caliber team, and Rondo’s many skills would greatly improve the Cavs in multiple areas. On top of being a great distributer of the basketball, Rondo can also play great defense and drive to the basket efficiently. Rondo would easily solve the constant point guard problems the Cavs have suffered from outside of Kyrie Irving’s play.

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Top 15 "Playmakers" The Cleveland Cavaliers Could Acquire Right Now