Tyler Zeller's fall could become a treasure for Cleveland.
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive:
No. 17 pick (Picked C Tyler Zeller)
G/F Kelenna Azubuike
Dallas Mavericks Receive:
No. 24 pick (Picked SG Jared Cunningham, Oregon State)
No. 33 pick (Picked C Bernard James, Florida State)
No. 34 pick (SF Jae Crowder)
Cleveland gets a true seven-footer with skill and experience, and he can be the perfect complement to Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao, who can now both play their natural power forward positions.
Kelenna Azubuike, if he is healthy, could start at shooting guard, so Dion Waiters could come off the bench like James Harden or start at small forward.
Cleveland has potentially filled four spots on its starting lineup in the last two years. Now, the Cavs can use a lot of cap room to get a small forward to round out the lineup and maybe compete for a playoff berth as soon as this season.
Dallas could have used Zeller as another seven-footer to pair with Dirk Nowitzki but needs smaller, less expensive pieces to replace aging veterans.
Cunningham is an athletic combo guard who can replace what Delonte West did this season at worst and be a future point guard at best.
Jae Crowder has a lot of Dennis Rodman in him. Bernard James has military experience and a high upside to grow and play as an undersized center with Nowitzki being the rebounder and could replace what the Mavericks once had with Brandon Bass.
Grade for Cavaliers: B+
Grade for Mavericks: B