The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing a major crossroad this offseason. They’ve put together a somewhat intriguing young core with Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, and Kevin Porter Jr but it seems like they still lack a superstar prospect that could take them over the hump.
That’s why most people thought they’d be looking forward to this year’s NBA Draft, as they’re entitled to the 5th overall pick and will have plenty of talent to choose from. However, Cris Fedor of Cleveland.com thinks they’re more interested in moving the pick than using it.
“The Cavs will be active this offseason. They will explore trade opportunities, using the No. 5 pick as bait. Sources say owner Dan Gilbert will allow the front office to take on future salary — if the move makes sense and the piece coming back significantly improves their chances either in the short or long term. But activity doesn’t always lead to action,” read the report.
Fedor claims that the Cavaliers are likely to try and engage in conversations with the Chicago Bulls regarding Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, or Lauri Markkanen, while also noting that the Indiana Pacers are likely to move Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, or Victor Oladipo in the summer. Buddy Hield’s name also came up in the report.
This year’s Draft class is perhaps the most unorthodox we’ve seen in ages. It seems like there’s nothing like a can’t-miss kind of talent after the third pick and it feels like top-10 picks’ value is at an all-time low.
Then again, when you’re a rebuilding team and years away from contending, perhaps you’d be better off taking a risk with that 5th overall pick than trying to move it for a disgusted player with All-Star potential that’s not likely to stay with your team after his deal runs out.