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Draft trade: Tyler Zeller traded to Cavaliers for three picks

Jun 28, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

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The first trade of the draft moves a reliable big man to Cleveland, where he ideally can provide some balance to what the Cavs hope is a dynamic back court.

Dallas, they get a few more picks.

The first trade of a quiet NBA Draft night (relative to what was expected) has Dallas selecting then trading North Carolina center Tyler Zeller to Cleveland for the number 24, 33 and 34 picks in this draft.

Not a dramatic move for either team.

Zeller is solid and can step right in and give the Cavaliers some solid minutes inside — he can defend some, rebound, score a little in the paint and has a midrange game. He can set some picks for Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters out top. He’s not an athletic freak, he’s not an NBA star, but he will give the Cavaliers solid minutes.

To get those minutes, they give up three picks to a Mavericks team trying to clear out cap space (hence the Lamar Odom trade). They want to make a run at Deron Williams among others (ultimately maybe Dwight Howard). Their No. 24 pick will be affordable and they can keep the second round picks if they like the player or cut them loose.

  1. bovice23 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Horrible pick. Where is he going to start with Andy and Thompson on the court? Who is going to play SF on this team? Should have took Perry Jones.

  2. censoredpost - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Looks like Dan Gilbert knows talent. I can’t stand the cry baby but he traded for a skilled big man that gives his young uber skilled PG (that he drafted), someone in the post, that runs the floor. If I hear anyone compare these bros to the Lopez’s they gets a free Slap. Win one before Lebrosicus, NO. Build yourself a winner, yea it looks like it.

  3. manofbull - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    to censoredpost:

    Is this English. I can’t understand anything you wrote. Too much wine tonight?

  4. geraldthecat - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    This is all about Howard. Dump salary and don’t get any more. Sign d-will then dump more and go after Howard.

  5. southpaw77 - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    What are the Cavs doing? Going with the most white guys with Zeller, Erden, Harangody, Caspi and Luke Walton?

    Seriously, shoulda got Barnes at 4, Ezelli at 24, then Barton and Tyhshon Taylor in round 2. That fills the SF, Center, SG and back point guard holes this team had. Looks like lottery again next year and looks like they won’t make a run at OJ Mayo, Batum, or Hibbert in free agency. Poor Cavs.

  6. drunkenjunk - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    As a Mavs fan I hated this trade. I really wish we kept Zeller.

  7. sunlightpianist - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Cleveland got Kelenna Azubuike in this trade too. Longtime injured, but 14,4 points on 32 minutes before that. Better part of deal for the Cavs, but maybe Dallas wishes were not available anymore.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Bill Simmons took a break from Heat bashing to say this about the Cavs draft in his draft diary.

    “….we have our first trade: Dallas traded Zeller to Cleveland for picks 24, 32 and 33. That means the Cavs just parlayed four top-33 picks (including the no. 4 overall) into a sixth man and a backup center, winning this year’s Baxter Burgundy Award for the team that pooped in the fridge and ate a whole wheel of cheese, only you can’t be mad at them because it was kind of amazing.”

    How long until Cleveland turns it’s attention to where the blame for their problems truly lies……Dan Gilbert. This is a Madness of King George situation. Didn’t see the movie, but I think it’s about the King of England who had control over most of North America, but lost it all through his own ineptitude, and went crazy over it. If it wasn’t about that, it should have been.

    Instead of burning LeBron jerseys, Cleveland fan should be burning their season ticket renewal packages.

  9. fanz928 - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Zeller/Anderson , Thompson, Jamison, #4 pick ,Irving good line up

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