The Cavs go into Thursday’s draft owning the 5th selection as well as the Houston Rockets’ 26th selection. These two picks are sure to decide how the Cavs rebuild starts out; two solid picks would give the rebuild a good foundation and stepping stone players for the future, while two busts would set them back a few years. The Cavs have multiple routes they could take in this draft, such as trading down, which is the way many people feel the Cavs should go considering this draft is very top-heavy. With that in mind, if the Cavs do decide to trade down, here are the most likely scenarios in which that would play out.
Trade scenario 1: Atlanta
Cavs Receive: Pick 8, Pick 35, Pick 41
Hawks Receive: Pick 5
There has been many different rumors swirling this week from different sources about the Cavs wanting to trade down with the Hawks and if the Cavs wanted to move only a few spots down this would be the most likely option. For instance if the Cavs have their eye on a prospect like Cam Reddish or Nassir Little and are confident that they can move down and he’ll still be available, this gives them a chance to acquire some more draft capital.
Trade scenario 2: Boston
Cavs Receive: Pick 14, Pick 20, Pick 22, Pick 51, 2021 Second
Boston Receive: Pick 5, Pick 26
A lot of people will see this scenario and freak out and think that the Cavs dropped too far and will miss out on a chance for an elite prospect, but for a team like the Cavs who have stated they are committed to developing young talent, this gives them a chance to bring in even more young players and give themselves more of a chance to find a good young star to pair alongside the point guard of the future Colin Sexton.
Trade Scenario 3: Atlanta (Again)
Cavs Receive: Pick 8, Pick 10, John Collins
Hawks Receive: Pick 5, Kevin Love
With the Hawks having so many picks in this draft and the Cavs showing a willingness to trade down, this makes the Hawks and Cavs very likely pair to make a move on draft night, This trade is very interesting for the Cavs and I really do think that this is a great move for the Cavs going forward, this gives them a pair of top ten picks and a nice young big to give Colin Sexton a pick and roll partner for years to come. With this deal, however, it means this franchise has officially lost all members of the “big 3” and I think that will be something a lot of fans will have a difficulty coming to terms with.