The Cleveland Cavaliers have been shopping the No.1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, but according to an NBA executive, Dan Gilbert and company think they have something more valuable than it actually is. While there’s no doubt that teams covet the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reports that they have “completely overvalued” the pick in trade talks.
Cleveland continues to aggressively shop this pick, according to sources, but one executive said the Cavs “have completely overvalued it.” It’s looking more and more like Cleveland will keep the pick.
It could be very possible that the Cavaliers are trying to prod for a deal they can’t refuse. They want to trade down it seems, as it’s very possible they can get ny one of the guys they want if they remain in the top 5. Ben McLemore, Alex Len and Otto Porter are all names that the Cavaliers like in addition to Nerlens Noel and if they trade down they can get one of those guys plus a bonus mystery prize yet to be determined.
But they seem to be forcing that mystery prize into something valuable and you can’t blame them for trying. It’s like hose people that sell their tickets on StubHub for a $1,000 with no intention of not going to the game unless some sap buys their tickets for $1,000. That same logic might be being applied here by the Cavaliers who think if someone wants to overpay for the top pick then let them.
The draft is fast approaching and it looks like we’re in for a very interesting few weeks when it comes to what the Cav’s end up doing with the No. 1 pick — whether it be they keep it and select someone or trade it away for a pick or a veteran.