Should Cavs trade for Pau?

Is Cleveland still going for it or should they be tanking?

Updated: January 3, 2014, 11:26 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Consider this: Earlier this week, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst reported that the 11-21 Cleveland Cavaliers are considering trading for 33-year-old Pau Gasol. And nobody batted an eye. Such is life in this year's Eastern Conference, where winning a third of your games leaves a team within striking distance of the playoffs.

How good might the Cavaliers be with Gasol? And would dealing for him be worth it, even if Cleveland doesn't have to give up any picks or young players? Let's take a look.

Worse than you think


Bad as it is, the Cavaliers' record doesn't tell the whole story. Just two teams -- the lowly Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz -- have worse records in games decided by double figures than Cleveland's 2-11 mark. All those blowouts mean Cleveland has the league's fourth-worst point differential at minus-5.8 points per game.