Today’s news about Joel Embiid‘s feet could create a ripple effect that goes far beyond the Cleveland Cavaliers #1 overall pick. Embiid, like Nerlens Noel last year, could fall down the draft creating many trade scenarios. We have covered in the past the possibility of the 76ers trading #3 to the Cavs for hometown boy Dion Waiters, another young player and a bunch of picks. A trade of that nature would give the Cavs a trio of young players in Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins (drafted #1) and Embiid as well as a still stocked cupboard of young players on their roster. Adding Wiggins and Embiid in this draft could make the Cavs a destination spot for a number of players including the oft mentioned LeBron James.
Yet another scenario now presents itself: Embiid falls past #3. If the 76ers pass, and they already have Noel, the Magic and the Jazz both have big men that are at least good and bigger needs on their roster. They both could be interested in trading with the Cavs to get a more proven player but both are a little farther way from being competitive and may stick to their board and draft the best player for their team, with a lower risk.
That leaves the Cavs with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers pick 6th and 7th. The Lakers could be interesting as they want to win now and Embiid is not a win now piece. Yet the Celtics would have first crack at him and could use that leverage to get their prized target of the off-season Kevin Love. They could trade the pick, along with the other things they are looking to move, to the Timberwolves for Love but it is possible the Wolves would be a little risk adverse to this move. Instead we look at this possible move:
The ESPN Trade Machine is not yet updated to check this for approval but needless to say the teams could work something out.
The Celtics give up about the same amount as they are expecting to to get Love and hope that he will sign long term with the team. They keep one of their two young big guys to play with Love’s outside game while adding the shooting, and contract, of Shved.
The Wolves lose the contracts of Shved, Martin and Budinger while adding 3 first round picks, their starting 2 guard for the foreseeable future in Waiters, a bunch of cap relief and a starting level power forward to replace Love.
The Cavs get a player that might take some time, and is a huge injury risk, while only giving up Waiters (replaced by Wiggins), Varejao and a future 1st. They also add Martin and Budinger’s contracts but both of those players also fit the needs of the team.
Who says no? There are reasons on all sides to say no, but reasons to also say yes.