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Report: Cavaliers get calls, listen to trade offers for Brooklyn Nets pick

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during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Mike Stobe

While all the talk has been about Isaiah Thomas and his hip, and Jae Crowder being a good fit with the Cavs (I think Bill Simmons undersells him in his latest podcast, like a true Celtics fan), the real selling point in this trade was Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

If LeBron James leaves next summer this pick is a good piece to help start the rebuild.

Also, it can be a huge trade chip if the Cavaliers want to go all in on pushing the Warriors for a ring this year in an effort to keep LeBron. Other teams are calling about the pick, reports Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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. Cleveland also has its own first-round pick in 2018, which it can trade.

Exactly where that Brooklyn pick lands is an interesting question. Brooklyn is going to be bad, but the Vegas under/over odds has them tied for 3-5th worst in the league. Plenty of people around the league think they will be slightly better than that (5-7th I keep hearing), especially if Jeremy Lin stays healthy and if D’Angelo Russell starts really playing for his next contract. Brooklyn doesn’t have its pick this year, so unlike Chicago/Indiana/Phoenix and others it has no reason to start tanking.

Still, that’s a high lottery pick in a draft thought to be deep with good big men, that could bring real help to Cleveland via a trade.

Smart money, however, is on the Cavs keeping it. They may not want to surrender something that can help jump-start a rebuild.