The Cavs definitely want to add a quality, young veteran. Mike Brown even came out and said so in this 92.3 The Fan interview.
Several names have been thrown around in the media like Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins and Danny Granger.
Love, Cousins and Aldridge are pipe dreams. Granger is more realistic because of the emergence of Paul George, and the Pacers want to save their financial resources to keep David West, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops recently brought up an interesting name: small forward Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trailblazers. While the Cavs should not give up the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft just for Batum, he fits the bill of a young veteran at 24 years old who has shown flashes he can be a 20-point scorer and good rebounder.
Trading for an established, young all-star player might be a little difficult since you know teams just love to give away those type of players, especially when there is no unanimous guy in the draft every scout is drooling over. But, every so often the right situation comes along where those players do become available for a multitude of reasons.
Let's say the Cavs do end up getting what they want in exchange for the No. 1 pick without giving up any of their other picks this year. The Cavs will most likely package the rest of their picks to move up to the lower half of the lottery.
Some prospects that could be available include:
- Center Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
- Center Alex Len, Maryland
- Center Cody Zeller, Indiana
- Small forward Sergei Karasev, Russia
- Center Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
- Center Rudy Gobert, France
- Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia