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The combination of the NBA’s trade deadline approaching and a recent stretch of sad-sack performances on the floor has many who follow the Cleveland Cavaliers speculating on what potential moves to consider.
A consensus seems to support first-year general manager Koby Altman basically saying, “Anything short of LeBron James” in potential trade talk. (For the record, James cannot be dealt, anyway. He has a full no-trade clause in his contract).
That includes putting the unprotected first-round pick of the Brooklyn Nets on the table. That much-coveted pick was acquired from Boston along with Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a the 2020 second-round pick of Miami as part of the Kyrie Irving mega deal on Aug. 22.
However, not so fast on using that Brooklyn pick, which would be the eighth overall selection if the draft was held today, says Bobby Marks of ESPN.
In an Insider piece, Marks, a former NBA general manager of the Nets, writes the Cavaliers (26-16) should absolutely not have the Brooklyn pick on the table.
“The potential of an impact player in a strong June draft should outweigh what Cleveland could obtain on the trade market,” Marks writes.
Marks doubled down on the Cavaliers not using the Brooklyn pick as a chip to upgrade its present roster… with one huge caveat.
“Unless LeBron James is willing to commit long term before the Feb. 8 deadline,” Marks writes, “Cleveland should put the Brooklyn pick in a vault and lose the combination.”
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.