Today has been a news/rumor day for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That is what happens when you might finally hire a coach and the person you most likely were going to take at #1 has to have surgery. Rumors will fly now, and hopefully the Cavs can take advantage of them, regarding the Cavs and the #1 pick. Already we have heard rumors that the 76ers want to move up to #1 and could move pieces to do so, will post that article tomorrow with at least 2 trade ideas to get the 76ers Wiggins. This rumor is fresh off the Twitter wire:
Hearing the Cavs and Jazz have discussed a swap of picks. Jazz would move up to take Parker and Cavs would likely get Favors and 5.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) June 19, 2014
An interesting possibility here for the Cavs as the Jazz have a need for a wing, either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins won’t be there at #5. Throughout the season rumor was the Jazz would pick Parker no matter what if he was available so it would seem this trade would be to get them in position over the Bucks for Parker.
For the Cavs adding the lost post threat in Derrick Favors would help their win now mode as well as given them the #5 pick to do as they please. They could decide to take Joel Embiid here, if he falls all the way to 5, which is highly likely at this point. They could also try to supplement Favors with a wing player, though none actually jumps out as worth the #5 pick. The Jazz and Cavs could wait till free agency with the Cavs trying to acquire Gordon Hayward as well in the deal, through a Sign and Trade. A perfect 3 for 1 for the Cavs.
This trade could be the perfect now and later trade for the Cavs as they add a front line player with touch, strength and some rim protection while getting to nurse Embiid along slowly. The Cavs seemed to have fallen smitten with Embiid during this process and this surgery has to have hurt them collectivly. Getting him still while adding Favors, and possibly more from a Jazz team that has some young depth, could give them everything they wanted.
Favors averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last year for the Jazz. He blocked a shot and a half as well. He shot just above 52% from the field with a 67% free throw shooting. He isn’t a game changer, as the Jazz hoped in the Deron Williams trade but could provide a lift to a Cavs team that needs a little strength inside. Long term a pair of Favors and Embiid on the inside could be dominate.
Any belief in this rumor? Any interest if the Cavs still get Embiid? or is Embiid off your board?