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Report: Cavaliers tried to trade for No. 1 pick. That’s a “no.”

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis, center, talks with reporters Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Chicago during a gathering of top prospects for the NBA basketball draft combine. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Franchise anchor players only come through the draft every few years, guys that you can build around for a decade or more. Providing you don’t run them off.

That’s something Cleveland knows all to well.

Which is why they should know New Orleans were never going to trade the No. 1 overall pick and the rights to Anthony Davis. But it never hurts to ask, right? From Chad Ford at ESPN.

Sources say the Cavs offered (the Hornets the) No. 4, No. 24, No. 33 and No. 34 for No. 1. And sources said the Cavs got a firm and quick “No!”

Hey, Dan Gilbert — good job, good effort.

No way that is good enough. This is not the NFL draft where you have to have 50 guys around, you play 9 most nights. Which means that in five years odds say at least two of the three guys picked at 24, 33 and 34 will be out of the league. It’s the cold hard truth. You don’t trade a franchise changing player for that.

The bottom line is the only thing that would be good enough for New Orleans to give up that pick is an existing franchise anchor. But my guess is the Thunder are not going to offer up Kevin Durant for the No. 1, so we can move on.