2. Move up in the draft
The Cavs flipped Kyrie Irving into the eighth pick, and that’s not good enough. The NBA Draft is said to be deeper than year’s past, but finding a cornerstone player at No. 8 won’t be easy.
That’s why the Cavs need to look at trading up on Draft night.
There’s a few scenarios I’d explore.
A. The Suns said their open to trading the No. 1 pick. Kevin Love would look great in Phoenix on a young team who could use big to stretch the floor and clean the defensive glass.
With the No. 1 pick, Cleveland could take the player at the top of the board and the rebuild could commence.
B. Just because the Suns said their open for business, doesn’t mean they are. They’re leaving a sliver open in the event some team blows them away. Arizona product DeAndre Ayton just makes too much sense for the Suns to pass up.
C. The Kings and Mavericks are looking to trade down, according to reports.
Dallas thinks it can contend next season, and it’s not crazy to think about Kevin Love landing there.
The Kings are “asset stacking,” according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. Not sure what else there is to collect? The second-pick in th draft seems like a good start to kick off a rebuild, but they’ve been hapless the last 12 years for a reason.
Assuming the Kings keep their pick, the chances of hitting on a superstar sitting at five by trading with the Mavericks are a whole heck-of-a-lot better than waiting until eighth.