It helps for the future
Everyone is guessing as to what LeBron James will do after this season. A good chunk of national scribes believe James is destined for the Lakers, while local writer Sam Amico thinks it’s highly likely James stays, based off how active he’s been with organization this offseason.
Either way, the Cavs have added assets that can be beneficial, no matter what decision James makes.
By acquiring a first-round pick from the Celtics, which belonged to Brooklyn, the Cavs have a great shot at a lottery pick next summer. And let’s be honest, Brooklyn’s going to stink, again. Koby Altman may possess a top-three selection.
Hopefully, James decides to stay in Cleveland, while Thomas proves he’s healthy and signs an extension, all the while a new, blue-chip talent joins the roster with the skills to help this team make a run at a title.
But if LeBron does leave…Before the Kyrie trade, Cleveland owned one pick next summer. It likely would’ve been in the low 20s since the organization is expected to make a run at another title.
Drafting in that spot can be just as big a crapshoot as drafting in the second round. You just don’t know who you’re going to get.
In 2019, the organization does not have a first-round selection.
Something need to be done in terms of asset collection, and this trade helped the Cavs get something down with eyes on the present, as well as the future.