The talk about the Cavs right now is not good. After getting slaughtered worse than the meats in the Rocky movies, 127-99 in Minnesota, there is a cause for concern. I mean, LeBron only scored 10 points in the game.
In the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer, the Cavaliers acquired a first-round pick from the Boston Celtics, which they got from the Brooklyn Nets. Right now, the Nets sit at 15-25 and would have the 8th best odds at the first pick with the lottery system.
Every Cavs fan is acting like this is THE LAST DRAFT IN HISTORY OF ALL DRAFTS! Let’s just calm down for a second…
Say the Cavs trade this pick and other players for DeAndre Jordan or Boogie Cousins (which they should). Then, hypothetically speaking, the team doesn’t win the title and LeBron idiotically leaves Cleveland for another destination. If LeBron leaves Cleveland, no matter what picks we have or do not have, this team is not going to be good for many years. Let’s not pretend this top-pick will be the next LeBron, especially not instantly.
Next year’s Cavs team, without LeBron, will be like the 2010-11 Cavs, too. Awful. But who did the Cavs pick in the following year’s draft? Kyrie Irving.
If the Cavs take this pick, trade for a great big man, lose in the finals again and LeBron walks, it’s time for another rebuild. Sacrificing one season without a top-pick isn’t the worst thing in the world. It will take years to get back on top anyway.
The bonus of trading the pick is that the Cavs could acquire a big man that can help them win a championship this year, keep LeBron in Cleveland and secure another couple years of greatness for this franchise.
This Brooklyn pick is held in such high regard in Cleveland. Yet, right now, this is a team that is supposed to be back in the finals yet again. Take the gamble and make this year’s team the best it can be for another playoff run. Don’t worry about the future when LeBron hasn’t made his decision yet. He’s wearing the wine and gold right now.
The window is closing. Don’t shut it before it has to be.