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Report: Cavs fielding numerous calls already for Brooklyn pick

Report: Cavs fielding numerous calls already for Brooklyn pick

The Brooklyn pick the Cleveland Cavaliers obtained from the Celtics in the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade was said to be the most coveted part of the deal for the Cavs.

Apparently, it is for other NBA teams as well. 

The Cavaliers have fielded numerous calls about a potential trade for the pick, Cleveland.com reports. It has the potential to be a top five selection this June based on the sagging fortunes of the Nets.

More from Joe Vardon's story:

As owners of Brooklyn's No. 1 pick, which could be a top-five pick in next year's draft, Cleveland has fielded numerous calls already about a potential trade. It could be a part of a major trade package for the Cavs later this year, or, conceivably, the Cavs could make that pick next June.

So, do the Cavs hold on to the pick as the start of a rebuild after what's reported to be the inevitable departure of LeBron James after this season? Or do they try and trade it for player(s) to make one last run with King James and a banged-up Thomas, who likely won't be ready for Opening Night, Oct. 17, when the Cavs and Celtics meet in Cleveland?

It's a situation the Celtics found themselves in numerous times with the picks they got from the Nets in the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett deal. 


 

Celtics look to limit Bucks bench in Game 4

Celtics look to limit Bucks bench in Game 4

MILWAUKEE – The Boston Celtics will surely look to make some changes for today’s Game 4 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks after getting thoroughly smashed 116-92 in Game 3.

But don’t look for the Celtics to change up their starting lineup according to head coach Brad Stevens.

The Celtics have had the same starting five – Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Aron Baynes – in each of the first three games.

“Our five starters have played pretty darn well if you take out Friday night,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “If we make a change to the starting lineup at some point, it would be more of a matchup change.”

One area that the Celtics will look to shore up is the impact of Milwaukee’s bench.

In Game 3, they outscored the Celtics bench 50-34.

Even more significant, the Bucks had multiple players from their second unit who impacted the game with their defense and overall energy as well.

Matthew Dellavedova’s full-court pressure on Terry Rozier was a factor. Ditto for Thon Maker’s interior defense.

“They really had a lot of good things going on,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Their starters killed us, too. That was a thorough butt-kicking and we move on, play better.”

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