One exec believes the Cleveland Cavaliers will move the 5th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft
The Cleveland Cavaliers couldn’t count on Lady Luck in the draft lottery, ending up with the fifth pick for the second straight season. While they can find a good player there, one anonymous NBA exec believes they’ll move the selection.
This front office source was quoted as saying “They don’t want that draft pick,” via SI.com.
The source added they “Strongly believe” Cleveland will end up trading the pick.
To hear that Cavs might want to trade the pick is hardly shocking news. The Cavs are so bad–and with no clear-cut choice at the No. 5 spot–everything has to be on the table.
And I mean everything, like moving either Collin Sexton or Darius Garland. Perhaps the pick is packaged with one of the Cavs’ young players, or the Kevin Love trade rumors finally come to fruition. I don’t know, but if the Cavs are finally going to take a step toward winning, something’s gotta give.
Maybe that crazy rumor involving Ben Simmons actually comes true. If it’s on the table, this exec sees it going down.
"“Of course they would, and they would be able to offer as good of a package as anyone else,” he said. “I’m guessing (Simmons) is the type of player they want, as opposed to another draft pick — young, proven, would sell jerseys and win games.”"
Sexton was acquired with the eighth pick in the 2018 draft. Cleveland used “The Brooklyn Pick” to make that selection, which was acquired from the Celtics in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston.
Garland was the fifth pick in 2019, and there’s no way around it: Things were rough. That said, he’s still very young and players just five college games before turning pro.
Perhaps the closest thing to an untouchable player is Kevin Porter Jr. The USC product flashed big-time potential, until the season was ultimately cut short.
Prior the lottery, ESPN’s Brian WIndhorst floated the notion of Memphis big man James Wiseman being the apple of Cleveland’s eye. Unfortunately, the center will likely be gone by the time the fifth pick rolls around.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for Oct. 16.