Chris Broussard is reporting this afternoon that the Cavaliers are discussing a potential 3 team trade that would net them the 2nd pick in the draft. The Cavs would then take Kyrie Irving at number one and Arizona’s Derrick Williams at number two.
The deal would involve the Timberwolves and the Pistons. The Cavs would take on Rip Hamilton’s contract via the trade exception and also acquire Detroit’s 8th pick. They would then spin the 4th and 8th picks into the 2nd overall in a deal with Minnesota. Broussard added the disclaimer that the trade is being discussed at this point and nothing is imminent.
WFNY’s Scott is reporting that particular deal tweeted by Broussard is unlikely. An initial source with the Cavs put considerable doubt on that specific trade rumor, indicating that the Pistons would demand more, and that the Cavs don’t value Williams enough to burn picks – they’d rather use the 1st, 4th, and 8th picks in that hypothetical. A second source told Scott the reported deal is “bogus.” All this stems from the Pistons desperate desire to unload the expensive, aging, and disgruntled Hamilton. It’s still early in the process with a lot of “discussions” taking place. No trade is imminent.
It’s certainly an appealing scenario for Cavs fans. Coming away with Irving and Williams in one night would be a delicious outcome. Thus, a third source told Scott that the deal between the three teams is not far-fetched. We have a month to go but, as is his wont, Dan Gilbert is exploring all options, including those where the Cavaliers take on more money to gain the opportunity to add young talent. Follow WFNYScott on Twitter for the latest draft rumors.
Brendan is a weekend editor at WaitingForNextYear. He has been writing for the site since March of 2009. He went to college in Boston during a run of insufferable Beantown championships that only served to reinforce his Cleveland allegiance and fandom which he transcribes to you here at WFNY.