Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman is still answering calls on the No. 3 overall pick, but it appears highly unlikely that selection will be on the move, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
While the Cavs are determined to hang on to the pick, they’re open to the idea that a massive offer could change their mind.
They may actually have a big offer of their own in mind, as they continue to make leading scorer Collin Sexton available in trade talks — and aim for a second top-10 pick of their own, as both HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and ESPN’s Jonathan Givony have reported.
Fedor suggested it may take some combination of Sexton, power forward Larry Nance Jr., and future picks to land a second top-10 pick. Teams such as the Raptors (No. 4 overall) and Warriors (Nos. 7 and 14) are said to be among those looking to move their lottery selections.
Either way, assuming the Cavs keep their No. 3 pick, USC center Evan Mobley is widely expected to be the choice, behind only Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham (Pistons) and G League shooting guard Jalen Green (Rockets), respectively.
“No matter what the Cavaliers do with Collin Sexton, Mobley should be the pick here,” wrote Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. “This is easy. Mobley can defend the perimeter like a wing, and he’s impactful as a rim protector. On offense, he can pass and score from outside. He’ll mesh with Jarrett Allen, a restricted free agent, and whichever guards they keep.”
Added Givony, “Mobley’s mobility, perimeter skill and defensive versatility could very well make him both the most intriguing long-term prospect on the board as well as a strong fit to build around Cleveland’s existing roster long term.”
Small forwards Cedi Osman and Taurean Prince are also very available in trade talks, sources told Hoops Wire. The same goes for power forward Kevin Love, though there is nothing doing on that front, sources added.
While the Cavs have been among the league’s most active teams heading into the draft, rival executives predict they will merely make their pick at No. 3 and it will indeed be whoever is left of Green or Mobley.
Those same execs think if the Cavs are to trade one of their veterans, such as Sexton or Nance, it will come during the free agency period next week or even closer to the start of the season.
You can check out the Hoops Wire final mock draft right here.