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NBA Draft Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Trying To Trade #1 Pick For Small Forward?


The Cleveland Cavaliers have been pretty open about their uneasiness going into the 2013 NBA Draft and have not hidden the fact that they’ve engaged in trade talks for the first overall selection.

With a talented youthful roster already in place and some large question marks surrounding many of the top picks in the draft, it makes sense that the Cavs are exploring the trade market and while there’s nothing serious (at least not yet) suggesting a trade will be made, they apparently have had talks about sending the first overall pick to a team for a “viable” small forward.

Per Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio:

Trading the top pick is another option the Cavs have explored, and they will likely continue to do so. They’ve also recently taken part in trade discussions involving “a viable” small forward, according to an FSO source.

Who exactly a “viable” small forward would be is unknown.

The assumption would be the Cavs would pick up the said small forward and move down a few selections in the draft, though, few if any of the teams selecting in the top ten have much to offer in the small forward department sans the Charlotte Bobcats who have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Could the Bobcats and Cavs swing a deal sending MKG and the #4 to Cleveland for the #1 and something else?

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  • TheSportologist

    No way that Bobcats do this deal… I would love for the Cavs to do it. But it still seems lop sided

  • Göte Götefors

    I think getting MKG would be great for Cavs, he fits in great at their SF position where he can slash, play defense and grab rebounds. He will also excel with Kyrie and Dion in the open court. I still don’t think that Charlotte would accept trading away both MKG and the 4th pick just for the 1st pick so I think the Cavs would have to send the at least all of their 4 draft picks in this draft and maybe a player such as Varejao or Zeller to get the 4th pick in the deal. Getting MKG and drafting Len at 4 would be such a home-run for the Cavs though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xonstage xonstage

      I love this deal. Hopefully, it comes to pass. But, I don’t want to send Zeller nor Andy. Who else, or what else, would it take? Sending Andy to Charlotte just seems like such an insult to him. We need Zeller as a backup center. CJ Miles? I don’t know.

  • Tyler Deltz Kim

    Just trade Kidd-Gilchrist for the 1st pick…

  • Mark Danner

    Cavs trade #1 pick, #33 pick, and C Anderson Varejao to Bobcats for #4 and SF Michael Kidd Gilchrist. Cavs get their SF, move down to take the best player available whether that be Len or not, and they free up even more cap room to go after a couple good free agents. Could use cap space saved to get a player such as Andre Iguodala and move Dion Waiters to the 6th man role. Imagine that line up PG Kyrie Irving, SG Andre Iguodala, SF Michael Kidd Gilchrist, PF Tristan Thompson, C Alex Len, 6th man Dion Waiters who can relieve Kyrie either Iguodala.