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Cavaliers GM was getting trade calls before he even got off television

May 21, 2014, 9:00 PM EST

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Let the Cavaliers trade rumors begin.

They have the No. 1 pick again, tins time in a draft that may not be as transcendent as originally advertised but certainly has some very good players at the top. The Cavaliers want to win starting next year, not just keep adding younger players — they want a veteran presence.

Other GMs know this and they didn’t wait to start calling and feeling GM David Griffins out on a trade, he told ESPN.

“I actually got calls right afterward, while I was standing there doing media,” Griffin said Wednesday during an interview on ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show.” “Teams were already reaching out and texting, so I think it will be an active period of time…

“We’re going to be open-minded to whatever it is that advances our cause the furthest.”

Of course he says he is keeping his options open.

Most likely this will end up with the Cavs keeping the pick.

There has already been a lot of Kevin Love trade talk — the Cavs did inquire about him a year ago before Minnesota was willing to trade him. There certainly still is interest from the Cavs and they could put together a potentially interesting package with guys such as Anthony Bennett (okay, not so much him), Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, the No. 1 pick and Anderson Varejao.

The risk for the Cavs is big — Love opts out and leaves anyway, heading to L.A., New York or whatever big market attracts him. He does not want to be on another small market team where he doesn’t trust the management. The Cavs would need an assurance he would at least opt in on his deal, if not sign an extension. Sorry to tell you this Cavs fans, this ain’t happening. Same with you dreams of LeBron James returning to join Love. I know those rumors are getting thrown around out there, but do you really think LeBron trusts the Cavs to build and maintain a team more than he trusts Pat Riley to recruit players to Miami? (If you said yes, you have been eating from the wrong batch of brownies.)

It is not impossible the Cavs trade the first overall pick, it is possible they get blown away by an offer. It’s just not likely.

But it’s going to mean a lot of rumors for the next month.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    How many calls from around the league did Kyle Singler get before he was off TV? Oh, none? Because he’s a joke of a representative and poo’ baby Detroit didn’t get a draft pick this year? Awwwww

    • cantonb0und13 - May 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I hope you realize Pistons still have Josh Smith. I won’t be laughing.

      • mcmystery76 - May 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        What point are you trying to make, exactly?

      • cantonb0und13 - May 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Well Josh Smith acts like he’s a stud. If he’s a stud, then the Pistons are in good shape. I’m pretty sure Brandon Jennings and Smith believe they are like Stockton and Malone.

  2. cantonb0und13 - May 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    What happens if 76ers really wants A. Wiggins, should they trade the 3rd pick and Thaddeus Young for the 1st pick? Cavs can still get Parker or Embiid and they also get a veteran who’s actually good. Additionally, it would give Cavs extra flexibility to trade T. Thompson. I mean they could also trade that pick for K. Love, but there’s no guarantees he’ll stay in Cleveland.

  3. campcouch - May 21, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    That’s a terrible idea. A) since there seems to be some belief that the Cavs are “dysfunctional”,why would you trade the #1 for a disgruntled vet? B) Kevin Love will not agree to a sign and trade with Cleveland…enough already C) They have a chance to grab a player that is probably a better guarantee than anyone snagged last year.

  4. themagicfanguy - May 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Zero chance that CLE takesThad Young and a 3 pick for #1. You’re overrating Thad young.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      I mean they still get to have Parker, Wiggins or Embiid.

    • tfoz5150 - May 21, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      Yeah, but the 3 and the 10 should do it. They can always turn around those picks for veteran players if they want.

  5. bknowledge - May 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Derrick Favors and #5 pick for #1 pick and Dion Waiters.

  6. bknowledge - May 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Aaron Afflalo and #4 pick for the #1 and Dion Waiters or Tristan Thompson or Jarrett Jack.

    Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert and #5 for the #1 and Dion Waiters.

  7. drunkenjunk - May 22, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    They should trade back to 4 or 5 if at all possible and get Randle. I think he’s gonna be a beast and is more of a sure thing than Wiggins and Embiid.

  8. khmerson562 - May 22, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Lakers # 7 pick and robert scare for cavs #1 and kyrie Irving

    • spursareold - May 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Yeah, OK David Stern. You’ve been UNMASKED!

  9. csbanter - May 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Why not hold onto to the pick draft Wiggins and be done with it ? Waiters has to go some desperate team will take this problem off their hands.

  10. loungefly74 - May 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Cavs should hold on and take Wigs or Parker. simple as that.

  11. kenyante - May 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I’m so glad the Cavs got the 1st pick. I hope they pick Wiggins. I know people want them to pick Parker or Embiid but I think Wiggins has the most upside out of all 3. Embiid will be dominant at the 5 and Parker will be a good scorer, but Wigs just has natural athleticism and he’s not afraid to get his buckets. He took over in that game against West Virginia and almost brought his team back. He has qualities that a lot of players lack. If the Cavs screw this up, I’m gonna pull my hair out.

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