The Cavs are trying to get a second Top-10 first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
The NBA Draft is coming up this week and the Cavs are looking to make a huge splash this year. While Evan Mobley is the defacto pick for Cleveland, assuming he’s there, that isn’t a lock. Nothing in sports is a lock until it is. Yet, Mobley makes sense for the Cavs now that Isaiah Hartenstein is gone. The Cavs know they need more than just a center to make the 2021-2022 squad worth tuning in for, which is why there’s a new rumor that the Cavaliers are looking to trade back into the first round and acquire another top-10 first-round pick.
Jonathan Givony of ESPN (via Bleacher Report) is the one reporting that the Cavaliers may be looking to trade back up into the top-10 of the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Cavs could do this by trading a future-first rounder, with a Collin Sexton deal, or even by trading the third overall pick to the Magic for their picks at five and eight.
Cavs may be eyeing former Duke player in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Should the Cavs acquire their coveted second-pick in the top-10 of the 2021 NBA Draft, then the team may be going after Jalen Johnson, the former Duke forward who played 13 games during the 2020-2021 NCAA season. Joe Vardon of The Athletic (via CavsNation) is the one suggesting Cleveland has an interest in Johnson.
This would be a huge get for the Cavaliers, assuming they get Evan Mobley with their first pick (third overall) in the NBA Draft. The idea of possibly trading Sexton makes sense but there’s also the possibility of trading down from the third pick and swapping with the Magic, assuming you can get both of their Top 10 picks in the deal.
Mobley and Johnson would certainly make the Cavs far more interesting in the 2021-2022 season but hopefully, the team is still considering guys like Jalen Suggs or Josh Giddey. The team needs another ball-handler and both men fit that role.