Cavs likely to keep the Nets 2018 1st round pick for now


Since the Cavaliers completed the Kyrie Irving trade with Boston there have been rumors flying in regards to the Brooklyn Nets 2018 1st round pick. That pick was the big prize in the return for Irving from the Celtics. The pick has the potential to be a top five lottery pick and could realistically end up becoming the top pick depending on the Nets 2017/2018 record and the luck of the ping pong balls. There has been widespread speculation that Cleveland could look to flip the pick for another star player to help win a championship this season and aid in keeping Lebron James beyond this coming season. Cleveland general manager Koby Altman has acknowledged that they are taking calls from other teams looking to make an offer for the pick but are not actively shopping it. The biggest name being thrown around as a possible return for the pick is New Orleans big man Demarcus Cousins. That scenario seems very unlikely as Cousins like Lebron is a free agent at the end of the 2017/2018 season. In making that deal without prior long term commitment from James, you risk losing Cousins, James and Isaiah Thomas with nothing to show for it.
It appears the Cavs will not move the pick now or during the season unless they are overwhelmed with an offer they absolutely cannot refuse. They do have their own 2018 1st round pick to use as an asset in a deal before the season or used at the trade deadline to help bolster the roster for the postseason. If they receive a commitment from James after the season they could trade the pick before the draft or on draft night. With blue chip prospects Marvin Bagley III of Duke and Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri available at the top of the draft, holding onto the pick might be a wise choice especially if Lebron decides to leave Cleveland once again. Either of those two prospects would aid in a rebuild along with young prospects Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic who are currently on the roster.


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