Today marks Day 14 of NBA Free Agency and yet 26-year-old Josh Hart still remains an unsigned free agent. The New Orleans Pelicans still hold the rights to Hart, as he is a restricted free agent, but there has seemed to be very minimal interest around the league in the 6’5” wing.
After beginning his NBA journey with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League MVP, Hart was included in a massive trade package that went to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis. Since joining the Pelicans, Hart has averaged 9.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and has shot 42.9% from the floor, making him a key asset for his team.
Entering free agency, it was expected that Josh Hart would receive a vast amount of interest league-wide not only because he was young, but because he can do a lot of the “little things” to help his team win. Not only is he one of the best rebounding wings in the entire league off-the-bench, but he has proven to be a reliable “3-and-D” rotational player.
New Orleans still has the option to bring him back and they could very well do so since many teams around the league do not have an open roster spot to pursue Hart anymore, but there is still the option of including him in a sign-and-trade deal. All offseason long, there have been numerous reports that the Cavaliers are interested in Josh Hart and could look to add him via a sign-and-trade.
Cleveland has been very dormant during free agency, only bringing back Jarrett Allen on a five-year, $100M deal, but could they look to bring in Josh Hart and add on to their young core?
Let’s take a look at what the Cleveland Cavaliers could potentially offer up to the New Orleans Pelicans and what kind of contract they would have to “sign” Josh Hart to in order to make this sign-and-trade work financially for both sides.