Cleveland Cavaliers: 4 impacts 2019 NBA Draft has on 2019-2020

Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Porter Jr. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers dramatically changed their roster with three first-round picks in the NBA. Look for these four impacts from draft night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers did what some predicted in the 2019 NBA Draft, landing three first-round picks. With their three selections, the Cavs took Darius Garland (No. 4), Dylan Windler (26) and Kevin Porter Jr. (30, via trade with Bucks).

The Cavs filled major needs on their roster through the draft, finding a potential wing starter in Porter, in addition to finding a combo guard to play along second-year veteran Collin Sexton.

Surprisingly, the Cavaliers did not deal the contract of shooting guard J. Smith. Some thought the Cavs may trade Smith because his contract is thought to be coveted by other NBA squads since only just over $3 million of his $15 million contract is guaranteed.

Instead, the Cavs just dealt assets in their only trade, dealing four future second-rounders to the Bucks for the rights to Porter Jr.

The Cavs entered the draft coming off a miserable 19-win season. They won’t be the favorites to win the NBA title next season, but at the very least, the roster is better and filled with more potential now, than it was when LeBron left last July.

Here’s three ways the 2019 NBA Draft will impact the Cavaliers moving forward.