3. Cavs didn’t trade out
It’s been reported that Cleveland would’ve needed an offer they couldn’t refuse to trade out of the No. 3 pick, according to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, via 92.3 the fan.
Remember how elated everyone in the organization felt when the lottery balls popped up? Instantly rumors popped up that they could trade the pick. It never made sense. They front office probably never believed they’d be picking third and to have hit, meant they’d be getting a player to get the franchise’s fortunes trending the right way.
At first, there rumors of the Cavs landing a veteran for the pick. It sounds like Philly has overvalued Ben Simmons, not that I believe the Cavs were seriously in on him anyway, although they probably did their due diligence.
The it became about trading up to No. 1 for Cade Cunningham, and then down. This crazy three-way trade proposal had the Cavs dropping to sixth.
Cavs fans have seen enough NBA Drafts to know it works.
You can get lucky and find Giannis in the teens, but unearthing starts of his caliber later on in the first round is till more the exception, and not the rule.