We loaded up many of the rumors from Twitter yesterday morning here.
We will continue to try to keep up to date on rumors moving forward and give our feedback on them.
RUMOR: Trailblazers turn down Cavs attempt to trade for LaMarcus Aldridge in a trade including the #1 overall pick.
TAKE: With a perceived weak draft it will be difficult to get value from the #1 overall pick. Here the Cavs explored bringing in a young All-Star in a trade including the #1 pick. More likely trades that are available to the Cavs would provide more pieces, instead of high level individual piece. As Kirk from WaitingForNextYear, @WFNYKirk, tweeted during a conversation today “…four quarters are not worth a dollar in NBA trades.” The Cavs may continue to try to work with Portland as Aldridge is rumored to have asked for a trade. Cleveland also might be interested in Nicolas Batum.
RUMOR: Houston is looking to get rid of Thomas Robinson, and are connected to the Cavs, in order to have more cap space to try to sign Dwight Howard.
TAKE: The Cavs would have interest in Robinson, the #5 overall pick last year, if the price is right. Robinson would be able to come off the bench as a quality backup big man, especially whenever Anderson Varejao moves on either via trade or free agency. The Cavs have #19 that they may be willing to trade for Robinson, but if they go with Nerlens Noel or Alex Len at #1 they would still be looking for a small forward who can shoot, neither of which is Robinson. The Rockets may be more interested in the Cavs 2 second rounders which do not have guaranteed contracts. Since other teams, including D12 competitors Dallas, have some interest in shedding salaries and Boston may be looking to move Pierce the Cavs may have some difficult decisions to make.
RUMOR: Oklahoma City Thunder are looking at the chance to move up to the #1 pick.
TAKE: The Thunder may be just doing their due diligence. Last year they looked at a possible trade of James Harden for the pick that became Bradley Beal. While Ben McLemore is not in Beal’s class, he could be the player to replace Harden to add to their core. The Thunder chose Serge Ibaka over Harden so he would not be available. The best possible trade includes Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III, the #12 pick and future picks. That probably is not enough to get #12. The Thunder could try to rope in another team to make that deal happen. Its possible the Thunder can matchup with the Blazers desires and help produce a 3 team trade.
RUMOR: The Cavs have looked to trade for Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls.
TAKE: Deng has 1 year left on his contract for $15 million dollars. His game is high level but he is not young, has a history of injury and would cost a significant amount. If a contract extension can be signed prior to the trade it may be more acceptable. This trade would be the ultimate “we are making the playoffs this year” move. Other rumored trades for vet small forwards (Danny Granger, Shawn Marion and Pierce) would cost a lot less then the #1 pick. This trade is highly unlikely.
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