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.
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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.