Apparently the Cleveland Cavaliers have been armed with so many No. 1 overall picks over the last four years, they don't even know what to do with them anymore.
Cleveland won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night...again. They won it last year as well, and have nabbed the top overall pick in three of the last four drafts. Their previous two No. 1 selections have turned into All-Star Kyrie Irving and potential bust Anthony Bennett.
Possibly no one.
General manager David Griffin won't guarantee that his Cavs—who had a 1.7 percent chance of landing the first overall selection—will be the ones using their pick, per The Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer:
Griffin says #Cavs will be open-minded with pick, wouldn't rule out trading it.— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) May 21, 2014
Unlike last season, this year's draft class is deep and bound to hold significant value on the trade market. If the Cavs are going to pass on the opportunity to draft Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid, they're going to think big.
Current superstar big.
Kevin Love big.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says the three-time All-Star has no plans on staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves past next season, so he is expected to become available by trade before he's allowed to hit free agency. If Love is on the trading block, Sam Smith of Bulls.com says the Cavs want in. And as Smith notes, once they're in, they would be free to dream about pairing Irving with Love and, eventually, LeBron James:
Cleveland also wants to be in the mix. They have the ninth best odds, but they also have a roster of young players. And if they could put together something with all those picks and young players and keep Kyrie Irving, then with Love and Irving that would look like a nice destination for the return of LeBron James, especially given the vulnerabilities that are becoming apparent with the Heat.
So. Much. Optimism.
Let's chill for a second, though.
Dealing the top pick for Love won't be an option for the Cavs unless he promises to stay beyond next season, which he may not. But they have options regardless. Disgruntled superstars are voicing their displeasure—usually behind closed doors—all the time.
On the flip side, the Cavs could elect to think smaller by acquiring an impact player from a team looking to move up in a trade that would also give them a lower first-rounder. That's an option, too.
There are so many different avenues they can traverse, and as ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman points out, the Cavs are going to explore all of them:
Cleveland GM David Griffin will play this one well, throw out a ton of misdirections and see what he can get in terms of trade offers.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 21, 2014
No, seriously, all of them. They haven't ruled anything out:
David Griffin on poss of trading #1 pick: "I think we’re very open-minded to a lot of things. I’d trade me if it made us better." #Cavs— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) May 21, 2014
"We're going to try to get radically better much quicker," Griffin said after winning the lottery, per Boyer.
As for whether that drastic improvement will include them using or trading their third No. 1 pick in the last four years, we'll just have to wait and see.