The Cavaliers, Pelicans, Rockets and Thunder are all evaluating what it would take to trade up and pry the No. 1 overall draft pick from the Pistons, per Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
A young player and a lottery pick would likely be the cost for the top selection. The Rockets and Cavs own the Nos. 2 and 3 overall picks, respectively, with the Thunder at No. 6 and Pelicans at No. 10.
Each of those four teams also have a bevy of young talent, and per Givony, each is “making overtures” about landing the top selection.
Meanwhile, the Pistons are exploring all of their options, with Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham widely expected to the be the top prize. Givony wrote that he expects the Pistons to keep the pick and take Cunningham, but added they are doing their due diligence on an array of prospects.
That list includes G League Ignite guard Jalen Green and “especially” USC center Evan Mobley, per Givony. Several other reports have suggested the same, and if Pistons GM Troy Weaver really is enamored with either of those players, he could be open to trading down and snagging one.
Apparently, that is what the Rockets, Cavs, Pelicans and Thunder — and perhaps several others — intend to find out.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. You can check out the latest Hoops Wire Mock Draft right here.