NBA Rumors: Cavaliers could deal first-overall pick

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Just hours after winning the first-overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, rumors are circulating that have the Cleveland Cavaliers considering trade options which would include their lottery prize.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst points out that, while a top pick has not been dealt in 20 years, the stars are aligned for the Wine and Gold to pull the trigger in the event an offer presents itself.

“The Cavs are in a favorable position to make a deal,” writes Windhorst. “The team has more than $20 million in salary cap space, the No. 1 pick plus the No. 19, No. 31 and No. 33 picks, and a roster with young prospects that could be used in a deal.”

The 2013 NBA Draft, like several that came before it, is widely considered to be a weak draft in terms of star potential. Kentucky center Nerlens Noel (who is presently pegged to go to the Cavaliers in the event the team keeps the selection) is coming off of ACL surgery and is very raw offensively. There are several wing players who could go within the top five, and two of the better frontcourt players not named Noel—UNLV’s Anthony Bennett and Maryland’s Alex Len—are presently nursing injuries of their own.

Rumors have circulated that link the Cavaliers to deals with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trailblazers. Nothing concrete has been reported, however, outside of a report that the Blazers and Cavaliers had been discussing a trade that would send forward LaMarcus Aldridge to Cleveland.

“You want to look at all your options and make the best decision for your team,” Cavs general manager Chris Grant said following the lottery. “This is a valuable asset that we can add to the group, whether it’s in trade or keep it and add a player.”

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  • saggy

    Aaaaaaaand the sky is still blue.

  • BisonDeleSightings

    I’d love (har!) to get Kevin Love for the #1 pick, but I imagine it will take more than that.

  • Harv 21

    At first I laughed that Minnesota would take #1 overall in a weak draft for an established all-star in his prime like Love. Then I checked his contract and saw that Love has a player opt-out after the 2014-2015 season. If Love refused a contract extension, wonder whether the Cavs would even want that trade if the player can walk after only 2 seasons.

  • JHop

    If the Cavs are confident that they will be in contention in two years with Love on the roster, then they’d have no hesitations about pulling that deal.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    This would be my favorite move… if the Cavs could somehow package some picks and bring in an all-star caliber guy who is in his early prime, I’d be ecstatic.

  • Harv 21

    so you’d trade the #1 overall in the draft for just one year of contention with Love? Not me. If they trade for a good veteran they should be able to get more years of security with that, given their cap room to extend contracts.

  • JK

    Could they negotiate an extension before they made a deal?

  • Rumors are abounding that the Cavs are interested in something for something. Scintillating!

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    No way, I just read on here three days ago that we’d be willing to trade our whole draft to move UP to the #1 spot. It’s almost like people are just reporting every possible scenario!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I would tend to believe so.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

  • Harv 21



    [just kidding, I believe with Minnesota’s and the league’s permission they could negotiate with him and make the trade occur simultaneously with his signing of an extension]

  • Harv 21



    [just kidding, I believe with Minnesota’s and the league’s permission they could negotiate with him and make the trade occur simultaneously with his signing of an extension]

  • Vindictive_Pat

    So not exactly a sign-and-trade… more like an extend-and-trade?

  • Harv 21

    yes, because he’s currently under contract through 2015-16 I believe, but has a player opt-out after the third year, 2014-15.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It’s “bamboozer’d”

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Even better… the Cavs somehow manage to keep their late first-round pick from the Lakers and use it to draft SF Reggie Bullock in addition to the aforementioned move.

  • Dan

    Wolves realistically wouldn’t offer Love. Here’s what they would part with. 2 first round picks (#9 & #26), Derrick Williams, and an expiring contract (Luke Ridnour, etc). Now that may or may not be enough to get up to the #1 spot, but I would think it would give them a chance to trade with Washington for #2 if Cleveland stays and picks Noel, and Orlando picks Burke (which is questionable between Burke and McLemore).

    Wolves want McLemore and will try to move up in the draft to get him.

  • woofersus

    Love has made it pretty clear that if Minnesota doesn’t take a significant step forward, or at least look like a young up and coming team by that point, he WILL opt out. If everybody had stayed healthy it might be a different story, but the clock is ticking on him right now. I’m skeptical they would trade him before next year though, since they have one more year to show him progress. If they think he’s leaving no matter what, I suppose he might be on the block early, so they can build around somebody else with Rubio. It’s a long shot, and they’d probably want a young talented body along with the pick.

    I’m not sure if they can negotiate an elimination of his opt-out, or if it would have to be a new contract, but I seriously doubt the Cavs would risk losing him in two years if they gave up somebody valuable for him.

  • woofersus

    I doubt the Cavs are interested in Williams at this point. Bundling multiple first round picks is a little interesting, because the Cavs could use all their other picks to move back up and get two high-ish first rounders instead of #1 and #19, but I also doubt they are interested in moving down to #9 if that would be their highest pick. The Wolves would certainly like to move up, but they only have one thing the Cavs might want.

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  • Jaker

    If we end up making a deal for Love or Aldridge(extremely doubtful), I think the deal would include Thompson and wouldn’t necessarily have to include the #1. I’m kinda hoping we end up trading the SAC pick this spring because it holds value now, but I doubt we ever see it become anything. And if we go and get an All Star PF, I think we don’t have much use for Thompson and we’d be better off using him in a deal.

    Thompson+SAC pick+Zeller+19 for Kevin Love?

    Maybe it will take more, but maybe not the #1 is my point.

  • Marty Susman

    The Lkaers can send Gasol to the Cav’s for the first pick & take a center if Dwight leaves or shppter if not. The Lakers can also send Gasol to the Timberwolves for Williams & their two first rounders, then trade the two forst rounders to the Cav’s plus Nash & Peace for the first pick.

  • kenny

    what does every body think of the thunder trading perkins for the number one overall draft pick it would help the cavs now and the thunder can keep Ibaka at the power forward for the rest of his carrer and have a good center that can turn to a great center in a couple of years

  • mgbode

    so, you are a Thunder fan?

    (Perkins actually had a negative PER in the playoffs this season. That is really hard to accomplish)