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The Cleveland Cavaliers got a lot back for Kyrie Irving, but the most valuable long-term piece is unquestionably the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. While Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder help them out now, Brooklyn’s pick projects to be somewhere in the top-5. The 2018 draft is expected to be really good, especially at the top, so this should give Cleveland the opportunity to acquire a potential superstar.

There’s just one problem: The Cavaliers may not hold onto the pick. According to, the team is considering moving it if the price is right.

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.

Giving up the pick would probably be difficult, because it’s the kind of thing that the team should only move if it’s able to bring back a superstar that would help the Cavaliers win a title this year. Even then, if the pick puts Cleveland in a position to take someone like Michael Porter or Marvin Bagley, you can make the case that it’s better to use the pick than trade it away. That way, the Cavaliers would either give LeBron James a young sidekick with a bright future or have a player to build around if he leaves in free agency.

Of course, so much of this depends on what players are available throughout the season. Cleveland’s pursuit of a championship this season is obviously important, but that doesn’t mean the team should sell low on Brooklyn’s pick.


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With uncertainty surrounding guard Kyrie Irving‘s trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as a potential landing spot if the deal falls through.

According to’s Zach Lowe, the Bucks have offered a package of guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward Khris Middleton to the Cavs for Irving. Lowe added that while Milwaukee hasn’t included a first-round pick in the offer, it likely would in the interest of getting the deal done or getting a long-term assurance from Irving.

Cleveland agreed to trade Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets‘ unprotected 2018 first-round pick, but it isn’t yet official due to concerns surrounding Thomas’ hip injury.

In the event that the Cavaliers call off the deal, Milwaukee becomes an intriguing option based on its solid offer.

Brogdon is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 assists per game on the heels of being the No. 36 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft out of Virginia.

The 26-year-old Middleton is coming off a difficult campaign, as injuries limited him to 29 games.

He had a career year in 2015-16, however, averaging 18.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

Milwaukee has a talented, young core, and while trading Brogdon and Middleton would hurt in terms of depth, Irving is the type of player who could vastly improve the team.

He averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game last season and upped that number to 25.9 points per contest during the playoffs.

He is a four-time All-Star, a three-time NBA finalist and one-time NBA champion who has shown an ability to raise his level of play on the big stage.

The Bucks already have a bona fide superstar in the form of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and adding Irving to play alongside him is a move that could take Milwaukee from the Eastern Conference’s middle tier to a contender.


The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be at an impasse when it comes to the completion of the Kyrie Irving trade.

The Cavs reportedly are looking for further compensation in the wake of Isaiah Thomas’ physical, and Cleveland reportedly will aim high with their demands.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday on SportsCenter that the Cavs are expected to check on the availability of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

“Now, Cleveland is going to try to inquire about a couple of the Celtics’ young players, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, who they tried to get in the original trade, that is very unlikely,” Wojnarowski said. “But Boston still has a war chest of future first-round picks of their own, and some picks they control from other teams, and Cleveland is going to try to get one more of those to finalize this deal.”

But Wojnarowski backed up an early report that the C’s will “resist” adding any pieces to the deal.

“Boston is resisting, and are going to initially at least, resist this idea,” Wojnarowski said. “Boston believes that it was completely transparent with Cleveland about where Thomas was physically, his rehab. Cleveland’s version of this is that they didn’t realize how long Thomas could potentially be out this season. He’s in the final year of his contract, and obviously, that matches up with what will likely be the final year of LeBron’s current deal, and so there’s going to be a showdown here between these two teams that may last a couple more days.”

It’s hard to see the Celtics parting with Tatum or Brown when the Cavs already had agreed to a deal without them, but you can’t blame Clevland for trying to get more for a star like Irving.

It’s hard to see the Celtics parting with Tatum or Brown when the Cavs already had agreed to a deal without them, but you can’t blame Clevland for trying to get more for a star like Irving.


Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player for [Kyrie] Irving, which means this: The trade plan that the Cavaliers would have prioritized, with [LeBron] James committed for the long term — veterans to surround James and draft picks — isn’t in motion. If the Cavaliers knew they had James committed, for example, San Antonio could emerge as a more intriguing trade partner.

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