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Some say the Cleveland Cavaliers are clinging to their likely lottery pick with all their might.
They are actually quite open to trading it, writes Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com:
I’ve heard from top league sources the Cavs will do it — but not for a short-term answer such as DeAndre Jordan. That’s because Jordan can become a free agent at the end of the season.
The draft pick in question came to the Cavs in the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics. It was once property of the Brooklyn Nets — so the draft position depends on a combination of the Nets’ final record and the results of the draft lottery in May.
The Cavs have between now and Thursday’s trade deadline to decide what to do with it. They could, of course, also trade it on draft night — along with their own first-rounder. (They can only trade one or the other during the regular season.)
But the draft is in June. The Cavs, who struggled through a 6-8 record in January, need help now.
So has Cavs general manager Koby Altman put the pick in play? Yes again, Pluto wrote:
The Cavs would trade the pick for a younger player who is under team control for a few years. But they are willing to deal their own first-round pick in 2018 for the right short-term fix.
Prior to the season, Altman told Amico Hoops the pick is sure to draw lots of interest.
“I think we have a responsibility to see what’s out there,” he said. “I think there will be tremendous interest. We have a responsibility to listen to calls.”
Along with all that, Pluto wrote he has heard Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith “is being offered to multiple teams.”
Maybe, but good luck. Smith is having a lousy season with averages of 7.8 points and 38-percent shooting, and as Pluto mentioned, is making a whopping $13.7 million this season, with $14.7 million due next year.
Basically, if the Cavs want to unload Smith, they would likely need to attach the Brooklyn pick. It could happen — but only if the return will help the Cavs in both the short and long term.
All things considered, that blend undoubtedly will be tough to find.