The Cleveland Cavaliers are right now the center of the NBA world. Rumors of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony coming together in Cleveland, along with Kyrie Irving and the #1 pick have free agency on its head. The #1 pick in the NBA Draft should be a franchise changer and the Cavs hold that as well. The Cavs are in position to make a dramatic change in their future in one off-season. Because of their love of Joel Embiid and his injuries the fate of the #1 pick is a bit in the air including a possible trade with the Orlando Magic, which was also mentioned in our piece from Chad Ford’s Mock Draft, is very interesting:
The Orlando Magic also have expressed interest in Cleveland's pick but Cavs holding out for 4 & 12 as they don't feel Afflalo is enough.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) June 23, 2014
If the Magic are actually offering 4+12+Afflalo for the #1 pick…that's interesting.
— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) June 23, 2014
So the Cavs could draft Andrew Wiggins #1 and wait to see who drops to the Magic at #4. If Embiid makes it there the Cavs could receive Afflalo who can play both shooting guard and small forward, the #12 pick which the Cavs could use to move up or to get another veteran and Embiid. A 3 for 1 trade that gets the Cavs the player they really hoped for once they won the Lottery.
Obviously Embiid has his number of concerns with his injuries but does the possibility of Afflalo, who had a great year last year and is a good 2 way player and a chance to do something with the 12th make it worth it? The Cavs could add another young player at 12, use it to move up with the Kings who are looking for a veteran guard (Jarrett Jack and 12) to get Doug McDermott or Nik Stauskas who can provide bench scoring and great shooting for the team. Embiid can be brought along slowly and carefully.
The Cavs would still have room to bring in 2 max free agents or make other deals to improve their roster. The depth of the team could be improved very quickly through a move of this type. Afflalo is a starting level player on a championship team but if the Cavs make the free agent/trade splash they expect could be the 4th or 5th option, or lower, creating amazing depth.
Many of you do not want Embiid, understandable, but if the Cavs think his medicals check out would this be the kind of deal that could make trading #1 okay?