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.
Gordon Hayward's return from his ankle injury seems to be as close to complete as it could before training camp.
In a video posted by his trainer Jason Smeathers, Hayward can be found blowing by a defender off the dribble and dunking on him with two hands.
Soon, the defender will hopefully be someone like Ben Simmons or Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Hayward's recovery has been well documented, giving Celtics fans a constant progress report of where their star forward was in his path back to the TD Garden floor.
There have been questions surrounding Hayward's return to a team that made it to Game 7 of the conference finals without him, but there was never gaps in information regarding his recovery.
After reaching the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons while shouldering an unprecedented workload, the idea of LeBron James missing the playoffs entirely sounds blasphemous.
Chris Mannix, however, thinks, with their current roster, the new-look Lakers will fall short of the postseason for the sixth straight season.
“It’s the island of misfit toys out there...and LeBron James,” said Mannix.
The Lakers finished the 2017-18 NBA season 35-47, 12 games behind the eighth-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.
“You have to assume it’s 48 wins to get into the playoffs in the Western Conference,” Mannix added. “I don’t see that team making up that difference.”
James wasn’t the only addition Los Angeles made, however, bringing in veterans Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Javale McGee, and resigning Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
If the Lakers do miss the playoffs, it will be James’ first missed postseason since the 2004-05 season, when his Cleveland Cavaliers fell short despite the 20-year-old James averaging over 27 points per game.