It’s possible the Cavs could end up trading their pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Cavs are not sold on the potential prospects in the 2021 NBA Draft. Despite the fact they have the worst record, again, for the third straight season, the Cavs may still find themselves picking closer to pick number 10, instead of pick number one. This might be a reason why the Cavs are thinking of trading their pick, or maybe it’s not a reason and they’re just thinking about trading it regardless. Either way, discussions are being had as to what to do with that pick.
According to Spencer Davies of BasketballNews.com, the Cavs (according to a source) may be open to trading their pick depending on where they fall; despite the team viewing this as a deep class.
"That’s going to start with the NBA Draft and trickle into free agency. Per the source, the Cavs view the 2021 class as “really talented” and deep, with some future All-Stars in the mix. Even in the late-first round, they believe there are solid rotational players. We won’t know where the team will be picking until June 22; currently, Cleveland is slotted in at fifth leading up to the NBA Draft Lottery.Depending on whether the Cavs jump or fall in the lottery, the source said they’ll be open-minded to dealing the pick."
The Cavs could be making a lot of moves.
There are talks of the Cavs moving on from Collin Sexton in a trade, and if that does come to fruition, more than likely they’ll get at least one first-round pick. If they move that pick or their own to get C.J. McCollum, while keeping a pick in this draft and either keeping or moving Darius Garland as well, the Cavaliers may be in a very interesting part of their rebuild.
More than likely the team will keep either Garland or Sexton, regardless of what else happens this offseason. On top of that, it seems odd that the Cavaliers would trade away their pick unless they’re getting exceptional value for it. There are some players that make sense, but not with the players the team currently has.
The team may make some moves no one is expecting, like moving on from both Garland and Sexton and drafting someone like Jalen Suggs, and trading for McCollum. They could also just stand pat and take a guy at whatever position they land on in the draft.