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Report: Cavaliers already trying to flip draft picks from Magic trade proposal

Jun 26, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

David Griffin David Griffin

The Cavaliers have (at least) three good options with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft:

Cleveland hasn’t accepted that proposal, but it’s clearly at least under consideration.

Chad Ford of ESPN:

This doesn’t mean the Cavaliers will accept the Magic’s trade offer. It means the Cavaliers are considering the Magic’s trade offer.

It would be foolish for Cleveland to make the deal without knowing the value of the assets its acquiring.

Maybe the Cavaliers are just doing their due diligence in case they can get a sweetheart deal for Nos. 4 and 12, but if they really intend to flip both picks for a veteran, that speaks strongly to Dan Gilbert’s desire to win immediately. With the No. 1 pick or two lottery picks, Cleveland is well-positioned to build for the future, but Gilbert has repeatedly given hints of impatience.

The big question: If the Cavaliers make the trade, is it contingent on flipping the picks for a veteran?

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  1. mcjon22 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    ” You guys want Boozer??? ”

    Every Bulls fan on Earth

    • BrownsTown - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      The man shook a blind man’s hand while lying to his face. Cavs fans would welcome LeBron back with no problem. Boozer, on the other hand…………

    • onebigredrocket - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      I remember those same Bulls fans laughing at Utah for not resigning him.

      • hwatt - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        yeah because he did things in Utah. We thought he’d do things here. adapt to not being The Man. oh well

    • andrejohnsonforpresident - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      I remember Lebron not signing with them, then they turned around and offered boozer a max pretty quickly. I knew it was all over from there.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Would that Booze be Johnnie Walker or Carlos?

      You said Carlos?

      line goes dead…

  2. djlexluger - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Keep the pick!

  3. canucks30 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    LeBron

  4. stadix093 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Last year they used it on Bennett and this year they’re going to let Wiggins or Parker walk? Makes sense.

    • moseskkim - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Exactly.. Wiggins was who everyone wanted before the year. He still has imo the highest ceiling. Hes almost a cant miss star

      • nflcrimerankingscom - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        Except for that whole “can’t dribble” thing.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        I completely disagree. This isn’t Lebron or Ewing or Duncan we’re talking about here. Wiggins still has a LOT of facets of his game he needs to develop before he’s even close to a great player. Could he be a Lebron-type talent at some point? Maybe, but I doubt his ceiling is that high. Right now he’s just a really athletic young kid with potential. My fear is that he could have issues developing his jumper, and that he might always struggle to create his own shot. Wiggins has question marks that superstar caliber players don’t normally have coming out of college. There is a possibility that he becomes Andre Igoudala (Can’t shoot and has trouble creating his own shot in the half court, but excels on d and in transition because of his athleticism). That wouldn’t be the worst thing, but it’s certainly not what you would want out of a number one pick.

        Don’t get me wrong, I like wiggins, but to saying he’s a can’t-miss star is insane.

      • chicitybulls - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        I agree ewyork. So many people “experts” are saying Wiggins has more upside but my question is what is that opinion based on? Is it that he’s not as good as Parker now so he has that much more room to grow, meaning he’s starting from a lower starting point? Or is it because he’s more athletic (which I don’t necessarily agree with but that doesn’t mean he’ll be a great basketball player)? Is it because Parker is already a really good player and they believe he can only get a little better? It’s like they believe Parker can’t get much better himself because he’s already good. Makes no sense to me. Then early next year (or even by the end of next year) they’ll say you can’t judge them yet and you have to give it 3+ years before you can judge (they’re saying that now). But then 3+ years later if Parker is still the better player they wont come back and say they were wrong. I understand it. It’s the nature of the beast. People wont/cant admit they were wrong. I believe Parker is the guy and if I had the #1 pick he’d be my selection. Give me the guy who can play now, now one who maybe, possibly, potentially can be good if he works on it.

  5. mvp43 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Who would Orlando pick at 1?

    • csbanter - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      They want Wiggins he’s their next Penny Hard away. Orlando trying to pull a fast one.

  6. Hard On For Harden - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Just like with Clowney in the NFL, the draft coverage gets comically over saturates and we unnecessarily pick these guys apart. Cleveland drafts Wiggins. There shouldn’t be a debate.

  7. twpguy1964 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    When you suck year in and year out, you shouldn’t be allowed to trade lottery picks. Not only that but Cleveland shouldn’t be allowed to draft in the top for for 3 years MINIMUM. Enough is enough with this half a**ed team

    • BrownsTown - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      A deal is a deal. Gilbert drops his tampering case against Riley and the NBA pays him back with bountiful high draft picks.

    • masher1965 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      If a team sucks all the time, that is simply their problem. IF Cleveland decides to trade out, good luck . If not, good luck. Just because a player is the world’s pick as a can’t miss superstar in the pro’s doesn’t mean he will be. Injuries , attitude and stupidity can change the outcome. The draft is ALWAYS a crapshoot , no matter who is the draftee .

  8. twpguy1964 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Cleveland shouldn’t be allowed to draft in the top 5 that is for 3 tears minimum

  9. hunnymoney - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Parker is the most NBA-ready player in the draft. I have several concerns regarding Wiggins, since he has relied on his athleticism so far and his fundamentals aren’t very solid. Wiggins may have more upside but Parker still has upside too and he can also help a franchise right now, something I’m not sure Wiggins can do. Wiggins may ultimately become a better player than Parker (though that’s far from a sure thing), but I think Parker is a solid teammate, has a game that translates well to the NBA and still has sufficient room to grow to become a bona-fide superstar. If I was picking first Parker would be my guy.

    • heat256 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      I don’t think Parker wants to go to CLE. So that can complicate things if they do choose him.

  10. lastdukestreetking - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Afflalo as part of the deal is dead. He’s been traded to Denver.

  11. mutasian - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    wiggins and irving will help win a title along with their other core youngsters in previous years’ draft. maybe bring back lebron and they will be competing.

  12. thenew013 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Dont worry. After we get our guy or trade for our guy we wont be in the lottery again for a very long while. Dont hate on our luck. I think the lottery is dumb and the worst team should pick first but obviously the NBA is run by folks with gambling issues.

  13. willkill4caffeine - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Screw that, take the Sixers third and tenth overall pick for the number 1 instead! Come onnnnn….DO IT

  14. sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Good for the Cavs…

    They SHOULD be doing their due diligence…

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