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Report: Cavaliers and Jazz have discussed trading No. 1 pick for No. 5, Derrick Favors

Jun 20, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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Joel Embiid’s foot injury has thrown the entire draft into chaos.

At one point, Embiid appeared likely to become the No. 1 pick. Now, that’s a real longshot.

So, what will the Cavaliers do? Draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker?

The Jazz offer another solution to Cleveland’s conundrum.

Joe Kotoch of Pro Basketball Draft:

This draft held a consensus top three players in Embiid, Wiggins and Parker. With his injury, Embiid probably no longer belongs in that top tier.

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Either way, Cleveland would almost certainly be opting to select from the next tier of players, including Dante Exum and Noah Vonleh. That is a drop.

Favors would be a little redundant with Tristan Thompson, though Thompson doesn’t justify keeping his prominent position in perpetuity. Just 22, Favors bring strong interior scoring and defensive tools.

However, Favors will begin his four-year, $48 million contract extension next season. On one hand, he’s locked up. On the other hand, he’s expensive. The Cavaliers can absorb that salary, but it would obviously limit future spending otherwise.

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There’s an old theory: Whichever team got the best player in a trade won the trade. I think it’s a useful guide here.

The No. 5 pick and Favors are nice assets, but neither alone comes close to the value of the No. 1 pick.

In a sport where a  single player can have such a huge impact, I’d rather have either Wiggins or Parker than two solid – but lesser – pieces.

  1. loubearkane - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Cavs would then have Favors and a chance to draft Embiid
    Jazz draft Mormon’s own Parker
    Wiggins to the Bucks

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    The Mormon Mamba

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      I think he should have to ride his bike to every home game, wearing black slacks, a white dress shirt and a black tie!

    • goodtogo28 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      stormin’ mormon

  3. thisgrilledcheez - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    I believe that the San Antonio Spurs JUST showed us that having the best player is not always the best route, and that depth matters. Favors is a big step-up from Tristan Thompson, not to mention that trading Thompson for another veteran presence would also help to improve the Cavs, who are in a win-now mode. As much as having the top pick is nice, I’m sure they’d much rather be battling it out in the playoffs than the draft lottery. With Waiters possibly on the block (and with the possibility that Cleveland can still get Embiid at 5 now), this trade makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers. If they can get Deng to re-sign, and depending who they hire as a coach, Cleveland can be a sleeper next year. If I were them, I would even consider trading the 5th pick down even further and taking a Doug McDermott, who may not have the highest ceiling, but he is the most NBA ready at this point, aside from Parker. McDermott could help a re-tooled Cavaliers team immediately.

    • gameisours - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      They were sleepers last year…

      • thisgrilledcheez - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Yup. They would be a sleeper two years in a row. With a different coach, and a different roster.

  4. mungman69 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I think the trade would work for both teams. Jazz get who they want, Cavs get Favors (who is a damn fine player) and #5 which they can still get Embiid or trade with Philly or Boston.

  5. pascalswager42 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Not nearly enough for the #1 pick. Throw a future #1 or another player and I can see a possibility.

    If I’m Griffin I do not take this deal. Pressure Philly into #3 & #10 for #1, or work the phones for a better haul.

  6. kb2408 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    I agree with a couple of you guys, why not take Favors and then draft Embiid at 5, if he’s still there? I like Parker but it is no guarantee he will be a star in the NBA. And Wiggins is even more of a risk. They can’t take two busts from Canada with number 1 overall picks!!

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM


      So Parker and Wiggins are risks huh?

      What does that mean for the poor teams selecting later, like in the #7 spot then?

      • kb2408 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        If you believe the NBA talking heads, Embiid, prior to the broken foot, was considered the only franchise type player. Therefore, “all” the other players are risky. Of course, some of them will exceed expectations. It is up to the team they picks number 7 to make the right choice. I have faith that they will just that, sir.

  7. sasquash20 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Favors and the 5th pick is over paying. Cleveland is crazy if they dont do that

  8. haterhurter937 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Great trade if your a jazz fan.

  9. claymatthewshairplugs - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    If I’m Cleveland I take the deal. Wiggins could be a superstar or a bust. Parker could be an all star but in this case, depth matters as does past track record. Cleveland so far looks like they’ve only landed one stud in the last 5 years (Irving). Favors is a solid player who is a good-to-great defender who still has potential to grow even better. His offense could use work but I’ve watched Favors play and defensively, he could be an anchor for years to come. You take Favors, take Emblid if he’s still there if not, go for a wing. A starting lineup of with Favors, Irving, Deng (if he resigns) Waiters and Zeller is pretty solid with tons of potential with Bennett if he ever gets better off the bench. That nucleus is young (aside from Deng) and could definitely make some noise in the weak east.

    • felser - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Deng isn’t going to resign,

  10. 88heatnation - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Jazz finally can land a star in Parker, would be great move for both ends

  11. bealwithit - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    As a fan in the East, I hope this trade doesn’t go down. The East has 5 of the top 6 picks in the draft. The conference really needs all 5 guys to develop into All Stars to get closer to the West in terms of talent.

    Chad Ford had Parker, Wiggins, and Embiid in his top 12 prospects of the last 15 years. Would hate to see the Cavs do this and give a West team yet another star caliber player.

    Cavs would be better off keeping the pick, taking one of those 3, and hoping they found a superstar.

  12. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Favors is young, proven solid, and has room to grow. I’d do it.

  13. mlp420 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    The Cavs seem determined to screw this up. Just take Parker or Wiggins, pair em with Irving and be done with it.

  14. campcouch - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Favors and the 5? It’d be better to take Young and the 3 from Philly. To hell with any of it,just draft Wiggins or Parker.

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