Report: Cavaliers already trying to flip draft picks from Magic trade proposal
The Cavaliers have (at least) three good options with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft:
- Andrew Wiggins
- Jabari Parker
- No. 4, No. 12 and Arron Afflalo in a trade from the Magic
Cleveland hasn’t accepted that proposal, but it’s clearly at least under consideration.
Chad Ford of ESPN:
Sources: Cavs were calling around offering teams Orlando's picks at 4 & 12 for players last night. Interesting— NBA Big Board (@chadfordinsider) June 26, 2014
This doesn’t mean the Cavaliers will accept the Magic’s trade offer. It means the Cavaliers are considering the Magic’s trade offer.
It would be foolish for Cleveland to make the deal without knowing the value of the assets its acquiring.
Maybe the Cavaliers are just doing their due diligence in case they can get a sweetheart deal for Nos. 4 and 12, but if they really intend to flip both picks for a veteran, that speaks strongly to Dan Gilbert’s desire to win immediately. With the No. 1 pick or two lottery picks, Cleveland is well-positioned to build for the future, but Gilbert has repeatedly given hints of impatience.
The big question: If the Cavaliers make the trade, is it contingent on flipping the picks for a veteran?