NBA Draft Rumors: Cavs shopping Orlando’s draft picks?

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With the NBA Draft less than 24 hours away, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly hitting the phones with ferocity in attempt to gauge value within the trade market. The latest comes from ESPN.com’s Chad Ford who says that the Cavs have been shopping Orlando’s draft picks—picks 4 and 12—in attempt to see what players they could obtain.

The Cavaliers have been rumored in concert with the Magic who would send their two first-round selections and swingman Aaron Afflalo to Cleveland for the No. 1 pick. Ford follows this up with the report that Orlando would use the first-overall pick to select Duke’s Jabari Parker. Given the picks and caliber of player involved, it is believed that this is forcing the Philadelphia 76ers—who also covet Cleveland’s No. 1 pick—to increase their initial offer of the No. 3 pick and an overpaid, inefficient Thaddeus Young. It is believed that the Sixers would move up to select Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins.

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  • whosevelt

    This might be the most depressing news I’ve heard out of the Cavs yet. Who needs the number one pick? Do you know how many role players with great intangibles you can get for it?!?!?!

  • mgbode

    Might as well put a scare into Philly and see what they do. We were the team that found and diagnosed the foot issue in Embiid, which has me wondering if he is still our actual target (and we are not as concerned about it — and wondering who else even has seen the full medical reports if anyone since he went straight to surgery from here).

  • Typo

    Other than Blake Griffen and James Harden who may be moved so those teams can make a run at Lebron, I cant imagine who we would get as equal value for those picks.

  • Jim

    Why? They are simply gauging the value of potential assets. Smart move in my opinion. If you can flip the 4 and 12 into an established All-star, it is something you would have to consider.

  • stryker1121

    Gauge those assets, keep the pick. See what the Cavs are playing at but don’t go all Grant and try to be the smartest man in the room.

  • dwhit110

    Did you hear the report that teams who didn’t have Embiid’s medical report were trying to buy it off of some of the (5?) teams who did? Funny stuff.

  • dwhit110

    The Rockets will not be moving Harden, even for LBJ. The idea is to get him WITH Harden, Howard, and Parsons.

    Also James isn’t interested in the Clippers without Griffin there.

  • dwhit110

    But to answer your actual question, I’m sure they’re kicking the tires on guys like Love, Iguodala (no thanks), Horford (yes please).

  • KYCLECAT

    Too late, Afflalo traded to Denver.

  • mgbode

    not to mention, even if those teams did have to move Harden or Griffin, then they would just trade them to Miami.

  • EastSide

    Thank goodness. Hopefully these random non-stop “rumors” from supposed “sources” about the Cavs trading for the Magic picks will finally stop. The Nuggets did get him cheap though.

  • mgbode

    And why would any of those teams sell it. That’s really valuable information there. Of course, if there are 5 teams who have the reports, then that is too many to help us that much.

    Unless, we are the only one with the ‘full’ report.

  • BenRM

    Oh good! I was not a big fan of that deal. Afflalo is a fine, but not special, player. Not worth Parker/Wiggens for Afflalo and….Exum? Maybe a banged up Embiid?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m expecting an interesting draft but something like this headline would even be beyond what I’m expecting. Hope for the best.

  • whosevelt

    There are maybe 10 players worth the number one pick this year and none of them are available.