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NBA Draft 2013: With No Unanimous No. 1 Pick, Top Teams Look to Shop Around

The trade rumors start at the top with Owner Dan Gilbert and his Cleveland Cavaliers
The trade rumors start at the top with Owner Dan Gilbert and his Cleveland CavaliersGregory Shamus/Getty Images
Conor VolpeCorrespondent IJune 20, 2013

The 2013 NBA Draft is shaping up to be an unusual one. There’s no consensus No. 1 overall pick, and definitely no consensus superstar(s) amongst the ranks of prospects.

So what does it mean? Well, trades for one; and the Cleveland Cavaliers, owners of the No. 1 pick, are listening to offers. But exactly which offers is a little hard to tell.

Do they want a scoring big man as SI.com reported, or is it a “viable” small forward as reported by Fox Sports Ohio?

Sounds like they just want a piece who isn’t a guard, as they already have Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving.

Either way, it’s going to be a tough deal to pull off. The guys at the top of this draft have a lot of questions, and in order for them to reel in someone like a souring Kevin Love, they will need a nice package of assets.

Would the Timberwolves, who have the ninth overall pick, really give up a franchise player, like Love, for let’s say Anthony Bennett and two of the other Cavs picks? Seems like a long shot, but Love isn’t happy in Minnesota and could opt out of his deal after 2015. So who knows?

There's the possibility that the No. 2 overall pick may be moving as well. The Orlando Magic are considering a move down, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Brian Schmitz, which makes sense if they were considering nine players with that pick. What’s more surprising is that they have interest from multiple teams.

The Magic would be smart to move back; in doing so, they could dump a bad contract (Hedo Turkoglu, anyone?) or pick up an asset. What exactly that asset would be is hard to tell, but they have a nice big in Nikola Vucevic and a good looking wing in Tobias Harris. So they might be in the market for a guard. But that’s just a guess.

One of those teams interested in moving into the top five might be the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder, who have the 12th overall pick, are reportedly one of many teams interested in Alex Len.

With the Cavs considering taking him No. 1, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Oklahoma City would likely have to get into at least the top five to have a shot at the Maryland product.

The Thunder are also looking at the Dallas Mavericks pick at 13th overall, which could give them back-to-back first round picks. However, they are not the only team interested in the pick.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Thunder, Knicks, Cavs and Pistons have reached out to Dallas, so that’ll be one to keep an eye on. It sounds like more will come out about that on draft day.

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