Over the last 48 hours, multiple teams around the NBA have reached out to the Cleveland Cavaliers with interest in trading for the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick — arguably the main gem in the Cavs’ return in the Kyrie Irving trade.
The Nets’ pick is a substantial asset that the Cavs have at their disposal. While general manager Koby Altman hasn’t decided the end goal in regards to what he wants to do with the pick, sitting back and seeing what teams will offer him is likely what is transpiring currently.
As owners of Brooklyn’s No. 1 pick, which could be a top-five pick in next year’s draft, Cleveland has fielded numerous calls already about a potential trade. It could be a part of a major trade package for the Cavs later this year, or, conceivably, the Cavs could make that pick next June.
Cleveland also has its own first-round pick in 2018, which it can trade. The Cavs also have multiple trade exceptions and second-round picks, and are pleased with their assets for potential trades or to replenish the roster in the event of a rebuild.
If you’re Altman, something to consider may be calling the New Orleans Pelicans to gauge interest in completing a trade involving star big man DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins will become a free agent after this year. If he and Anthony Davis can’t get the Pelicans turned around and they struggle to start the season, New Orleans will be tempted to move Boogie out of fear of losing him for nothing in free agency.
Perhaps a package along the lines of Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Cedi Osman and the Nets’ pick would net Cousins.
As reported earlier on Amico Hoops, the Pelicans are among the teams said to have an interest in Shumpert.
Cleveland.com is also reporting the Cavs will not rush Isaiah Thomas back from his hip injury and the team is optimistic he’ll return to the court in the 2017-18 season and contribute at a high level.