Too early to say what Cavs will do with eighth pick

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman will have both eyes on the summer roster next week in search of some hoops help.

What will the Cleveland Cavaliers do with the No. 8 overall draft pick?

It’s hard to tell.

As has been the case so often in recent Cavs history, so much of what happens this summer depends on LeBron James. And no one knows what James will do in July, when he is expected to enter free agency.

“Cleveland is hoping to use this pick in June to partner with LeBron,” NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on ESPN. “But they don’t know if they can do that. He hasn’t given them any indication of what he’s doing. They’re flying blind.”

The Cavs received the pick from the Brooklyn Nets via the Boston Celtics, as part of the Kyrie Irving trade last August. It finished eighth, as the odds suggsted it

Keep in mind, the Cavs cannot trade the pick — but they can draft a player, then immediately deal him on the night of the draft. Or at least agree to a deal on the night of the draft. It just cannot be official until 30 days after the pick is made (think Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota for Kevin Love in 2014).

As for this year, the possibilities will certainly be endless — as Cavs general manager Koby Altman told Amico Hoops prior to the season. All lottery picks are major assets, especially for younger, rebuilding teams.

Teams such as the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks (who finished with the first, second and third pick, respectively) would love to add an extra lottery pick. But do they have anyone the Cavs would want?

Or what about teams such as the San Antonio Spurs, who seem to be at odds with star forward Kawhi Leonard? Could the Cavs land Leonard as part of a package involving whoever they draft at No. 8?

There has also been some chatter that the Portland Trail Blazers may break up the backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Would trading for a star point guard such as Lillard entice James to stay with the Cavs?

Right now, it’s too early to say.

Just know that when it comes to their shiny new lottery pick, all Altman and the Cavs know is that all options are open.

11 Comments on "Too early to say what Cavs will do with eighth pick"

  1. As one of the worst trades in Cavs history finally reaches its conclusion.

  2. Sam, are you still in the LeBron stays in Cleveland camp? Or have you shifted, especially if Cleveland don’t get to the finals?

    • Where would Lebron go? I have seen no plausible scenario for Houston. Phila and LA are only competition. Last year Chris Paul had leverage that he could sign elsewhere. Lebron only has those 2 maybes.

  3. Trade Kevin Love and the 8th pick (more?)
    to the Spurs to get Kawhi Leonard

  4. Only reason Cavs had to wait 30 days to trade Wiggins was they needed his contract to match salaries. If they are trading the draft rights it can be immediate.

    • You are correct Rd.

    • A rookie can sign for 80% to 120% of rookie scale. Most high picks sign for 120%. Cavs needed extra 20% to match salaries on Kevin Love trade.

  5. Trade the 8th overall draft pick along with hill,zizic, osman for howard and walker. This trade would convince lebron james to remain with the cavaliers for at least one more season as kembra walker and dwight howard are signed until the end of the 2019 season at $35.6 million combined.

  6. Trade the number 8 overall draft pick along with hill, zizic, osman for dwight howard and kembra walker combined salaries signed until the end of the 2018-2019 season is $35.8 million which may convince lebron james to remain with the cavaliers for one more season.

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