The Cleveland Cavaliers have a ton of options going into the NBA Draft with the #1 overall pick. Chad Ford of ESPN noted a couple of NBA Draft Trade Options for the Cavaliers yesterday in his chat. One of them talked about the type of players the Cavs would be willing to move the #1 pick for, including Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge. The other was a trade scenario when a person asked about the Jazz moving up:
They have a lot of assets and I think they could tempt Cleveland if they threw together several of them into a package that rounded out this team. For instance … what about a sign-and-trade that delivered Gordan Hayward and Enes Kanter — fixes holes at both the three and the five long-term for the Cavs. Both are ready to go now. The question will be … Hayward is a restricted free agent. Free agency doesn’t start until after the draft. So the Cavs would have to take Jabari at 1 and then hope they could get Hayward to play along. Derrick Favors could also tempt them I’m told. But the Cavs would need another piece — perhaps the 5th pick?
So in Ford’s example the Cavs would acquire either Enes Kanter or Derrick Favors to play center and a sign and trade Gordon Hayward along with the 5th pick. From this season we know that Favors is a beast and Kanter is an adequate starting center. Hayward, who would have to play along a week after the draft, is a solid small forward who would fit well with the Cavaliers’ needs. With the 5th pick it is possible that Joel Embiid will fall do to his back injury or that the Cavs could take a flyer on a rotational player that would help them win right away.
For the Cavs this would be an obvious win now move. They would get 2 veterans to fill in the holes in the Cavs starting roster as well as a 5th pick to continue to build the team. For the Jazz they would lose one of their two interior cornerstones to bring in the Mormon Parker, a player Jazz fans, and probably management, wants as much as they did Jimmer. The Jazz would be giving up a ton to build around Parker, Trey Burke, Alec Burks and either Kanter or Favors.
If the trade was Favors, Hayward and the 5th pick I would have to think very hard about making the move. The Cavs could add a stretch 4, a knockdown shooter, or even get a falling Embiid, with the 5th pick while adding solid veterans to their starting lineup. It would make this year much more competitive but possibly handcuff the team if Kyrie Irving leaves.
How would you feel about this move?