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Report: Cavaliers tried to trade for No. 1 pick. That’s a “no.”

Jun 11, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

Anthony Davis AP

Franchise anchor players only come through the draft every few years, guys that you can build around for a decade or more. Providing you don’t run them off.

That’s something Cleveland knows all to well.

Which is why they should know New Orleans were never going to trade the No. 1 overall pick and the rights to Anthony Davis. But it never hurts to ask, right? From Chad Ford at ESPN.

Sources say the Cavs offered (the Hornets the) No. 4, No. 24, No. 33 and No. 34 for No. 1. And sources said the Cavs got a firm and quick “No!”

Hey, Dan Gilbert — good job, good effort.

No way that is good enough. This is not the NFL draft where you have to have 50 guys around, you play 9 most nights. Which means that in five years odds say at least two of the three guys picked at 24, 33 and 34 will be out of the league. It’s the cold hard truth. You don’t trade a franchise changing player for that.

The bottom line is the only thing that would be good enough for New Orleans to give up that pick is an existing franchise anchor. But my guess is the Thunder are not going to offer up Kevin Durant for the No. 1, so we can move on.

  1. knightrider1755 - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Good try Gilbert. I guess your friend David Stern can’t come to your rescue this time. He’s too busy trying to sell his own team, the Hornets.

    • sgm405 - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Still believing Gilbert had anything to do with the Paul trade being vetoed? Makes sense, no need to pay attention to the known facts that prove otherwise.

      • bandanamac - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        Yeah because the facts don’t show that Dan Gilbert fired off a whiny email to Stern within hours of the trade that caused the veto wheels to churn. This never happened at all.

    • BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

  2. spellingcopfather - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Tell the Cavs to throw in Irving to and ill do it!!

  3. Louis Tumblin - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Davis is the closest to a franchise player in this draft and he may not become that we will see.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    LMAO!! Stern didn’t go through all that trouble rigging the draft to get that #1 to convince Mr. Benson to take on the franchise just to give it away!! ROTF LMAO! Silly Gilbert!

  5. fm31970 - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    My how quickly some people have forgotten about the last “franchise” center, Greg Oden. Yes, there were injuries, but who is to say Davis will not have them, too? Sorry, but I see Davis more like Emeka Okefor than Derrick Rose in a few years.

    I’m not even gonna mention Memphis’ #2 pick of a few years ago…

  6. zblott - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Type of deal that would make more sense:

    Portland offers LaMarcus Aldridge (young All-Star but never gonna be superstar) and #6 pick for Davis

  7. djigel - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Can’t blame a guy for trying….

  8. thetooloftools - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    This isn’t Dan final offer.
    [TRUST ME]

  9. jagwar73 - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Orlando raises the offer: Dwight Howard and anyone else you want for Davis.

  10. bandanamac - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    The only thing that would make this story better is if the Hornets accepted and Stern vetoed it.

  11. royistheboy - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Why does everyone think Gilbert is orchestrating trade talks? He’s the OWNER, not the GM. A trade like this would obviously need to get green lighted by him, but he doesn’t come up with the proposals.

    Anyways, can’t blame the Cavs for trying, and I like that they’re staying active. I like the idea of them trading down for Portland’s #6 and #11 (likely still able to get Barnes at #6), but I’m not sure that they have the assets to convince them to pull the trigger.

  12. sauvy2324 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Didn’t Davis basically play like hasheem thabeet + a
    College championship. I agree with a few of the comments here that hornets fans may be disappointed. Best of luck though

  13. borderline1988 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I’m not so sure why everyone is so sure that Davis will become a superstar.

    He might turn out to be the next Dwight Howard (he’s not Duncan or Garnett; those guys can shoot the ball and are great post players).

    Right now, he looks more like Sarge Ibaka than anyone else. Davis has zero back to the basket game, and very little face-up game. He’s just a tremendous shot-blocker and finisher, with good footwork potential and overall coordination. That all means he has worlds of potential, but everyone knows that big men are always big projects.

    He should go #1 overall, but that pick is definitely tradeable. Someone mentioned LaMarcus Aldridge plus the 6th pick…I know it’ll never happen but if it was on the table, I would seriously consider it.

  14. dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM


  15. imforbigblue - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Haters going to hate must be fans of some team UK and Davis put a beat down on

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