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Report: Cavaliers paid Pistons record $5 million for No. 30 pick (Kevin Porter Jr.)

2019 NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: Kevin Porter Jr. poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted with the 30th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of 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. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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In 2017, the Warriors paid the Bulls a record $3.5 million for the No. 38 pick and rights to Jordan Bell.

The Cavaliers just shattered that mark to get No. 30 pick Kevin Porter Jr. from the Pistons – while also sending Detroit four second-round picks!

Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

James Edwards of The Athletic:

This is a major advantage Cavs owner Dan Gilbert provides. He’s willing to spend, and his team is better for it.

I rated Porter No. 11 on my board. Though the USC guard has attitude concerns that probably dropped him so low, Porter brings star potential with his combination of shiftiness and power.

Is he worth $5 million and four second-rounders? I have no problem spending someone else’s money. That’s easy. I’d also surrender the draft picks – especially because Gilbert can buy more to replenish the cupboard.

For the Pistons, who’d just gotten the No. 30 pick from the Bucks, this was probably a difficult trade to reject. But unless Detroit would’ve done the deal for only the draft picks, Pistons owner Tom Gores put his finances ahead of his team’s success.

Gilbert’s Cavaliers did the opposite.