The Cavaliers are “definitely” exploring a trade up for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
But prying the top selection from the Pistons would likely come at a great cost. Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham is expected to be selected first, and while Pistons general manager Troy Weaver is fielding offers, he is said to be asking for a hefty return.
Cunningham is indeed who the Cavs are targeting should they be able to move up.
“It would be similar to what Boston and Philly did a few years ago,” Fedor quoted one NBA executive as saying about a potential Cavs-Pistons trade. “Probably No. 3 and an unprotected future first, maybe even one of the young guys (Collin Sexton, Darius Garland or Isaac Okoro) drafted recently.”
Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated reported last month that the Cavs have begun exploring Sexton trades, given that he is eligible for a rookie-scale extension and they very well could draft another talented guard.
The Rockets, Pelicans and Thunder are also evaluating trades for the top pick, reported Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
Other prospects supposedly on the Cavs’ draft radar include G League guard Jalen Green, USC center Evan Mobley, Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs and G League forward Jonathan Kuminga.
Drafting any of those players, or Cunningham, could mean that GM Koby Altman will move on from one of the team’s “core four” of Sexton, Garland, Okoro or Jarrett Allen.