The Cavaliers are acquiring the No. 49 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft from the Kings for the rights to forward Sasha Vezenkov, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Cleveland now has four picks in the draft — No. 14 in the first round, and Nos. 39, 49 and 56 in the second.
Vezenkov, 26, was the No. 57 overall pick in 2017 and has spent his entire career playing professionally outside the NBA. As Wojnarowski relayed, he was named first-team All-Euroleague this past season.
He is 6-foot-9 and is capable of playing either forward position, averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds as a member of Greek club Olympiacos in 2021-22.
The Cavs could potentially package all three of their second-rounders to try to land a second first-round pick, sources told Hoops Wire. Several teams drafting in the mid-to-late 20s are looking to move out of the first round.
That list reportedly includes the Warriors, currently drafting at No. 28 overall.
As for the Kings, it seems as if they intend to bring Vezenkov into the fold. They currently own the No. 4 overall pick, though reports suggest they are open to moving it for a “win-now” type of player.