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The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking calls from teams looking to move up in the draft via trade and seeking proven NBA veterans in return, according to a report from Cleveland.com.
(The report was confirmed in the latest Dribbles from Amico Hoops’ Sam Amico.)
The Cavs own the eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft. General manager Koby Altman wants to upgrade the roster whether star LeBron James stays or goes.
James has until June 29 to exercise the $35.6 million player option on his contract for next season, which he is widely expected to decline to become an unrestricted free agent. James’ camp has been in contact with the Cavs’ front office via phone.
The Cavs, however, are still unsure what James will do once free agency starts, so they are essentially operating blindly on draft night.
Cleveland has interest in San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard, who has reportedly requested a trade, and Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker. Cleveland.com is also reporting the Cavs have been “obsessed” with the No. 8 pick since acquiring it in the Kyrie Irving trade last summer, so they could keep it and draft a player for the future.
League sources have told Amico Hoops that both James and the Cavs are high on Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.