Te Orlando Magic are very interested in dealing for the number one overall pick.
Now that former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid has had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, the Magic may not be able to get a prospect they are high on like Australian point guard Dante Exum and are looking to trade up in the draft. They have reportedly coveted former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins but the Cleveland Cavaliers would likely require the number four overall pick, number 12 overall pick and guard Arron Afflalo to get a deal for the number one pick, which would be used on Wiggins, done.
According to Chad Ford and Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, the Cavaliers prefer the Magic’s potential offer to offers from the Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz.
The Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz have all offered their high lottery picks plus a veteran to move up to No. 1.
Of the offers they’ve received, a source says the Cavs aren’t enamored by either the Sixers’ offer (Thaddeus Young and the No. 3 pick) nor the Jazz’s offer (Derrick Favors and the No. 5 pick). However, the Cavs do have some interest in the Magic’s offer of Arron Afflalo, the No. 4 pick and the No. 12 pick.
The Cavs have strong interest in luring James back to Cleveland this summer and know they need to add more pieces to make the team more attractive. Afflalo is a veteran guard who both defends and shoots the three and would be a nice addition to the Cavs’ backcourt.
If the Cavs keep the pick, they also may have to factor in who would be most likely to lure James.
That would give the Cavaliers a borderline all-star to pair with Kyrie Irving and they could potentially use the fourth-overall and 12th-overall selection and guard Dion Waiters to make another major move.