The Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks are reportedly in talks surrounding a deal that would allow the Cavs to move up from No. 19 to No. 13.
The Cavaliers, currently owners of the Nos. 1, 19, 31 and 33 selections, are reportedly eying up Sergey Karasev, the sharp-shooting small forward from Russia who recently received a promise from an unnamed NBA team and returned to his hometown in anticipation of the draft. Who the Cavaliers would send, if anyone, in addition to draft selections is unknown at this time.
This potential trade was discussed shortly after the NBA lottery unfolded and discussions of options began. It had widely been considered very unlikely that the Cavs would come away with four new players on the June 27 draft and the Mavericks had long been looking to move out from their spot to acquire additional assets.
If this trade occurs, it would mark consecutive seasons where the Cavaliers front office compiled multiple picks in order to move up to a spot owned by the Dallas Mavericks. In 2012, the Cavaliers packaged Jae Crowder, Jared Cunningham and Bernard James for the rights to center Tyler Zeller and forward Kelenna Azubuike. Also worth noting is that if the Cavaliers plan to use the 13th-overall pick on Karasev, that rumors surrounding the selection of a center with the No. 1 pick become that much stronger.