This idea has two pretty basic assumptions: 1. Lebron James decides to keep his talents in South Beach. 2. Dan Gilbert, who is basically the NBA owner version of your ex who cares WAY too much about winning the break up, tearfully consumes an entire pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream while listening to Taylor Swift on repeat and furiously goes about trying to spend his way into the playoffs. As far as wings go, Hayward, Parsons, Ariza and Deng would have been the best Plan Bs, but Hayward and Parsons seems off the table and Deng, who was miserable there last year, would probably need to be monstrously overpaid to stay in Cleveland (still a possibility given its the Cavs). Half the league seems to waiting to overpay Ariza, and he's the mostly likely to be a consolation prize to one of the teams who strike out of Lebron, but that could mean a lot of teams besides the Cavs. Bosh, Melo and Pau can get the same money in better situations, Bledsoe makes absolutely no sense and adding Lance Stevenson to an already chippy locker room would probably lead to him and Dion Waiters trying to strangle each other before the All-Star break. Isaiah Thomas could work as 6th man, but Cleveland face the same problem as Detroit of having probably to overpay him in order to lure him away from Hollywood or South Beach. So even though Monroe isn't the rim protector they'd want in an ideal world, he's been linked to them in the past and he fills a need at center, so we shouldn't be surprised if he's the one out of him Ariza and Thomas that Dan Gilbert throws money at. SVG and Co. haven't swayed from the narrative that they will match any offer Moose receives, but assuming that's not 100% true this seems like the best Detroit could get for him from Cleveland.
Cavs Get: Greg Monroe.
Call this a Sam Hinkie trade: Leveraging an asset at close to peek value for under priced assets, draft picks and future cap flexibility. If he ever lives up to his potential Bennett's Millsap-West like offensive game could be a better compliment to Andre Drummond than Moose. He can play more out of the high post and is a stretchy enough four to punish teams for commiting to heavily to defending Drummond around the basket. If Drummond becomes the rim protector we're all hoping he does, he would go a long way helping make up for Bennetts defensive limitations that come from him being undersized for his position. He's also athletic enough to guard stretch fours on the perimeter, something it was painful to watch Moose try to do last year especially. There are more than enough red flags from his rookie year, but his conditioning was hampered by an injury, he played out of position and for a coach in Mike Brown who's offensive game plan would make Mo Cheeks shake his head. It would be a gamble, but so is paying Greg Monroe a max contract partially on potential and the assumption that a breakout year is still coming for him. Honestly I can't see a better deal coming from any of the other potential Moose hunters and after fours years of missing the playoffs I think Gilbert is desperate enough to give away draft picks in order to make a run now.