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Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:01 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 1:30 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

The Cavs are trying to rebuild post-LeBron and it looks like they are going about it the right way. They already have the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in this draft and can add two highly talented future centerpieces to their roster (likely Kyrie Irving and Enes Kanter/Jonas Valanciunas), but they aren't finished there.

According to ESPN.com, the Cavs are working to land a third -- yes a third -- lottery pick.
Sources say the Cavs have been very actively trying to do just that, with a massive $14.5 million trade exception as the device. The offer? Give us your pick and we'll take back a bad contract into our trade exception, which permits the Cavs to take back salary of more than $14 million.

In that scenario, the Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons look like the most intriguing potential partners. Would the Kings be willing to give up the No. 7 pick if the Cavs gave them Ramon Sessions and took back Francisco Garcia? The Kings are already under the salary cap, but Garcia has $12 million over two years on his contract, and Sacramento would love to move him.
Obviously the Cavs are going to have to eat a big contract, but as the report notes, thank LeBron and that giant trade exception.

Who could the Cavs target with a third lottery pick? Maybe Tristan Thompson? Bismack Biyombo? I think Kawhi Leonard might be a nice fit alongside Irving.

They need a lot right now so their options are wide open. But a core including three lottery picks, even if you think this draft is bad, is a pretty solid rebuilding plan. Blow everything up completely and start over. It can work. It takes some time, but the Cavs are going to be on a much better road after tonight. If they can get another top 10 talent, it'll just be that much better.
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:40 am
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

Sorry, the Heat were in the Finals, not the playoffs, due to James' clutch play against Boston and Chicago.  Typo.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

pgrab, yes, let's get back to reality.  There was "decent" talent.  At least on the defensive end.  There was never championship talent.  He carried some solid defenders with serious defiencies in their games.  If you think there was other elite talent on those teams, name them.  Like Chicago with the best record in the league this year, the lack of a second star keeps a team from achieving greatness.    Teams need more than one great player and a bunch of role players.  The Lakers and Celtics in recent years demonstrated as much.  I'll admit Nowitzki doesn't have a true star alongside him, but when they needed it, Jason Terry played like one.  The Cavs just cried "LeBron, save us!!" in every game and every series.

You DO realize the reason the Heat were in the playoffs was because James was completely clutch and the best player on the court in both the Boston and Chicago series, right?  You did watch him "take over at the end of a game like a dominant superstar can" repeatedly against Boston, right?  It's funny how someone's hatred of a guy prevents them from seeing reality.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

mutiny, nothing you posted was enlightening.  No "research" required.  Good organizations do more than try to throw a last-ditch effort out there.  Good organizations keep their stars by doing what it takes to build a contender.  When Kobe Bryant was demanding a trade, throwing Andrew Bynum under the bus by saying the team should trade him for Jason Kidd, and refusing to commit to the Lakers, they were really hamstrung, weren't they?  THERE'S the problem in Cleveland.  They don't know how to build a winner and their fans allow them to blame everyone else for their failings. 

Think before you post next time. 



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

Cavs sure waiting for the worst draft in years to be so active...bad enough they are gonna mess up their first 2 picks and not pick Williams and Kemba..now theyre looking to mess up a 3rd pick?

Wow Cleveland!




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

He looked scared of those situations.  And its funny that his Cleveland teams that featured him and a bunch of bums as you say, still finished with better records then the so called big 3 in Miami this year.


UMMMM...Regular season, o.k. BUT LeBroom did actually win an NBA Finals game while on Wades team. The Cavs are still without an NBA Finals win arent they? i SEE THAT TREND FOR ANOTHER 15-20 YEARS.  



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

Hawkman back to reality.  The Cavs did have some decent talent around LeChoke but he couldn't bring home the hardware.  Its not the Cavs fault that LeChoke isn't a finisher or a guy that can take over at the end of a game like a dominant superstar can.  He looked scared of those situations.  And its funny that his Cleveland teams that featured him and a bunch of bums as you say, still finished with better records then the so called big 3 in Miami this year.  And I don't want to hear that it was their first year together. Two of the top 5 players in the league and another all-star.  No excuses.  Im glad he is gone, the Heat felt what Cavs fans felt for the last two years in the playoffs. 



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

Three guys that will take there money, then take there talents elsewhere.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

That is preciesly how the NBA does.... w/ the exception of the top 3 pick are determined via the lottery.  After that, it's how the teams placed out in the season.  It's to prevent teams from tanking and guarenteeing that #1 pick.



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

I hate to say this but, Sullinger is a solid college player but I really think he has a major downside too! Lets just start with really how tall is he.. 6'8, 6'9 ??? Second, No mid range game.. none.. I could be wrong about him but I don't see him being a top 3 pick
 



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Trade Rumor: Cavs trying for third lottery pick?

Hawkman - LeChokes refusal to clearly commit to the Cavs, kept several (at least) free agents from agreeing to sign with the Cavs...and then his refusal to announce he was leaving until it was very late in the free agency process last summer also handcuffed the organization greatly.   Do some research before you post next time.


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