The Raptors and Magic have made offers to the Cavaliers to try to move up to the No. 3 overall draft pick, per Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
Toronto owns the No. 4 pick, with Orlando sitting at Nos. 5 and 8. Sources told Hoops Wire the Cavs are also looking to move up, and at the moment, are not inclined to trade back.
Cleveland general manager Koby Altman and his team have a number of draft prospects in mind for No. 3 and are not locked in on one in particular, sources said. Both G League Ignite guard Jalen Green and USC center Evan Mobley are strongly on the Cavs’ radar, as are Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs and Ignite forward Jonathan Kuminga, and even several others.
The Raptors and Magic would position themselves to take Green or Mobley themselves, should they move up, with the expectation that the Pistons will select Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham first overall. The Raptors could select Florida State guard/forward Scottie Barnes should they remain at No. 4.
Meanwhile, the Rockets and Cavs have both evaluated the possibility of trading up. Houston owns the No. 2 overall pick.
Either of those teams would draft Cunningham at No. 1. But the bottom line is the Pistons are unlikely to move out of that spot, as their asking price is said to be through the roof.
O’Connor predicted the Rockets to select Green at No. 2 and the Cavs to take Mobley at No. 3.
“Some talent evaluators around the league consider Mobley the best prospect in this class because of his versatility on both offense and defense,” O’Connor wrote. “He can protect the rim, switch on to the perimeter, and serve as the lone big in a lineup. On offense, he can shoot, pass, and make plays off the bounce, making him an all-around smooth fit alongside Cleveland’s existing personnel.”
He projected the Raptors to take Suggs at No. 4 and the Magic to go with Barnes after that. You can check out the full Hoops Wire mock draft here.