NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs Talking to Blazers, Hornets About Swapping Draft Picks
The NBA draft is just a few weeks away, with teams now holding private workouts for players to better gauge which prospects best fit their teams.
While the lottery has been set, some teams may not be.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, owners of picks four, 24, 33 and 34 in the draft, have reportedly been shopping around, trying to either move up in the draft or acquire an additional lottery pick.
As reported by Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, the Blazers and Cavs have indeed talked about swapping the Blazers' No. 6 and 11 picks for the Cavs No. 4 and 24.
The Blazers are reportedly very, very interested in Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal, who is not likely to fall all the way to No. 6. Trading picks with the Cavaliers would almost definitely land them Beal, or at the very least Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Damian Lillard.
This is a trade I suggested the Cavs should consider back before the lottery, when it was projected they would land the third-overall pick. The Blazers would then likely target a center a la Fab Melo or Festus Ezeli with the 24th-overall pick.
Cavs going after Anthony Davis?
What should the Cavs do?
For this proposal, the Cavs would have reportedly sent their entire draft class, pick numbers four, 24, 33 and 34 to the Hornets for No. 1 overall.
New Orleans reportedly turned the deal down, and who can blame them? Players like Davis come around once a decade, even if there is a substantial amount of talent behind him in this draft class.
Hornets 10th pick available?
A third possibility for the Cavs, although there's been no rumor of them pursuing it thus far, is to try to trade for New Orleans' 10th-overall pick, which they are considering shopping if a team will take on the contract of either Trevor Ariza or Emeka Okafor.
Ariza is owed $7.2 million for next season with a player option for $7.7 million the year after, which he'll likely pick up.
Okafor is owed $28 million the next two seasons and is coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for much of last season.
Of the two, Ariza is the much more attractive trade target. He's only 26, plays small forward (where the Cavs definitely need help) and has put up decent stats when given a starting opportunity.
Cleveland will have over $20 million in cap space this summer, so taking on the contract of Ariza or even Okafor wouldn't be that big of a deal, since it would only be for two seasons.
If the Cavaliers could acquire the Hornets 10th pick and Okafor or Ariza for one of their late first-round or early second-round picks, they definitely should.
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