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Draft trade: Tyler Zeller traded to Cavaliers for three picks

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25: Tyler Zeller #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels attempts a shot in the first half against Jeff Withey #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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The first trade of the draft moves a reliable big man to Cleveland, where he ideally can provide some balance to what the Cavs hope is a dynamic back court.

Dallas, they get a few more picks.

The first trade of a quiet NBA Draft night (relative to what was expected) has Dallas selecting then trading North Carolina center Tyler Zeller to Cleveland for the number 24, 33 and 34 picks in this draft.

Not a dramatic move for either team.

Zeller is solid and can step right in and give the Cavaliers some solid minutes inside — he can defend some, rebound, score a little in the paint and has a midrange game. He can set some picks for Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters out top. He’s not an athletic freak, he’s not an NBA star, but he will give the Cavaliers solid minutes.

To get those minutes, they give up three picks to a Mavericks team trying to clear out cap space (hence the Lamar Odom trade). They want to make a run at Deron Williams among others (ultimately maybe Dwight Howard). Their No. 24 pick will be affordable and they can keep the second round picks if they like the player or cut them loose.