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Report: Cavaliers eying scoring forward if they trade No. 1 pick

May 29, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

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DeMarcus Cousins’ talent would tantalize any team, but according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers have a different profile in mind if they trade the No. 1 pick:

The Cavs have acknowledged that they will listen to offers for the top overall pick, and rival executives say they are looking for an established scoring forward in return.

In the short term, the Cavaliers have two guards (Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters) and two bigs (Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson) who are either starting quality or have the potential to get there. That leaves a hole at small forward, which is why Cleveland is reportedly considering reaching for Georgetown’s Otto Porter.

The Cavaliers can’t do anything about no premier scoring small forward being available in this draft, but they can trade the pick. Nine small forwards averaged at least 15 points per game last season:

You can cross Anthony, Durant and James off the list of trade targets right now. Cross off George, too, though he’s not quite as untouchable as the other three.

I doubt one of Pierce, Gay, Deng, Gallinari or Parsons alone could fetch the No. 1 pick, but each could be attractive as part of a larger offer.

In the end, I suspect the Cavaliers will keep the pick. They’ll want to be compensated like they’re trading the No. 1 pick in a typical draft, and other teams will see a draft lacking a clear-cut top choice and offer accordingly.

Really, that could work out for Cleveland. If they draft Nerlens Noel and he misses enough of the season that they remain bad, the Cavaliers could be in good shape to get a top small forward soon enough.

  1. money2long - May 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    i brought up the cavs possibly trading the 1st pick for paul pierce the night they won the lottery because i suspected looking for a scoring forward could be an option.

    • troy10 - May 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      You really think the Cavs are going to trade the number one OVERALL pick for Paul Pierce?? I know this is a down year for the draft.. but they are not going to trade the number 1 pick for a guy who has a year or two left of quality basketball in him. This is NOT anything against Pierce.. the guy WAS very, very good for a long time… but all player’s time comes to an end.. and he’s pretty close to his.

    • anhdazman - May 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Why in the world would you trade the #1 pick overall for an old guy like Paul Pierce. Maybe the 19th pick overall, but not your #1.
      Yes the Cavs need to add some veteran experience and leadership to their team. Much like how Jack helped Curry and the Warriors, a veteran guard like that would be beneficial for their two young guards. A go to guy like West or Landry would also be a good strong option in the front court.
      They would really be gambling if they were to bring in a guy like Cousins.

  2. aboogy123456 - May 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Demarcus cousins would go number one in this draft, and if the cavaliers actually could get him for their pick I’m sure they would love that.

  3. ljl2 - May 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    It doesn’t matter if it’s a “typical” draft or not. The power of choosing first has value in itself no matter who the players are.

  4. cantonbound13 - May 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM


    • deavn - May 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Trolling level over 9,000.

  5. erckle31 - May 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I hate that spelling of “eying,” “eyeing” is also technically correct and looks a lot better. Just my OCD kicking in a bit there.

  6. loungefly74 - May 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    alright…for kicks n’ giggles…just playing fantasy GM here…

    the Cavs’ salary at the start of the 2013 season will be $32.5 million…giving them near $50 million to spend? okay…somehow, have Iggy opt out of Denver (ETO)…sign him for $15-18 million a year. If they can’t get Iggy, go after Tony Allen. use the remaining $30 million on solidifying the bench with guys like Reddick, Matt Barnes, Chauncey, etc…their starting lineup already has lots of youth so adding veterans to play bench minutes wouldn’t be a problem…yeah, i know there are tons of holes with my scenario but my point is the Cavs’ ceiling is through the roof IF that young cast can continue to improve and IF Dan Gilbert doesn’t penny pinch on the FA market…

    • qpoiu1 - May 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      that’s a nice idea but i’m afraid that they wouldn’t be bad enough to get andrew wiggins or julius randle in the next draft…

    • danielcp0303 - May 30, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      The salary cap is around 59 million, will probably go up to 60 million. Once you get to that point, you can only go over by resigning your own players or draft picks.

    • manwithpizza - May 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      while the value of the cap for 2013-14 has not yet been set. The value for 2012-13 was $58 million, not $82 million.

  7. edwardemanuelson - May 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Everyone of the above forwards plays in the Leastern conference, except for Parsons. I can’t imagine the Cavs would keep the pick there.

  8. edwardemanuelson - May 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Whoops my bad! KD and Galo, are West too!

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