Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman has plenty of options with the No 5 choice NBAE via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, Ohio – In a year of uncertainty, there is nothing that could happen in Wednesday’s NBA Draft that would come as a surprise Not the Minnesota Timberwolves coming out of first place None of the top 10 expected hopes do not slip Not an outside team in the top 10 that goes up in the draft board
When asked what to expect, a source replied, « Insanity And a lot of movement » This includes the Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold the No 5 picks
Despite a weaker-than-usual draft class and lingering questions about many of the top prospects, there is a lot of interest in fifth place Sources tell Clevelandcom the Cavs have had trade talks with the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons
The Knicks are in eighth place They’ve reportedly already taken a step with the Utah Jazz In this deal, first reported by ESPN, the Knicks are not 27 and not 38 to earn four spots at the former Utah position, 23rd overall It’s a small move, but one that strengthens their chances of going from No 8
New York, with a revamped front office that includes former Cavaliers salary cap guru Brock Aller, has a few things that could be appealing Sources say initial talks focused on 8 and 23 for the fifth pick de Cleveland But would the Knicks also include a young player (Kevin Knox? Mitchell Robinson?) for a chance to climb a few spots – and the draft of Brooklyn-born Obi Toppin? Sources have pointed to Toppin as the New York takeover target Others in the lineup five – Tyrese Haliburton or Isaac Okoro – also make sense
Aller is the Knicks’ vice president of basketball and strategic planning He is the senior assistant to the president of the Knicks, Leon Rose, who was previously a big power agent at CAA – the same agency that currently represents Toppin
When the Cavs got together on Monday to finalize their big draw, they seemed undecided as to who to pick at No 5 Late on Tuesday night, a source said there were three or four guys the Cavs were deliberating between Some of these options, of course, are considered more likely than others
Nonetheless, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus Part of it has to do with the Chicago Bulls, who are one niche ahead of the Cavs and have the rest of the league including Cleveland, now guessing The Bulls have a new front office and new coaching staff, and it’s unclear what they think of the Chicago fallout How far the positional adjustment will go into the decision-making process when the new guys aren’t have no connection with the elders? Along with that, the Bulls seem interested in going up or down – depending on the offers and how the top picks unfold
The other part, from a Cavs perspective, is the level 2 prospect group Most teams, including the Cavs, have Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball – in some order – at the top du tableau This trio constitutes level 1 Then, the classification becomes delicate – and confused
Auburn’s defensive threat Okoro has fans at the front office The Cavs went to Auburn for an in-person training session a few weeks ago After his session on the field, the team got him taken for a meal At the end of this reunion, Okoro returned to the gym for a second workout, showing off a work ethic and competitive motivation like Collin Sexton Okoro would be a great piece of culture
Then there’s intriguing Florida State forward Patrick Williams, who some say could become the best player in this draft in a few years.
USC big man Onyeka Okongwu has support He could have a significant impact on the league’s worst defensive team Multiple sources say Okongwu has a foot injury that could cost him training camp and maybe part of the regular season, but teams don’t expect that to change his draft supply significantly. Okongwu soil appears to be Washington Wizards at No 9
Haliburton, an oversized guard, is considered one of the safest players and has a few fans inside the courts of the Cleveland Clinic – although the Cavs select another play from the backcourt, given the number they added in the last two seasons Then again, promising young Kevin Porter JrThe weekend incident is a red flag
Toppin is the most complete offensive player in the class – a pick-and-pop menace who set a program record for the dunks last season and could immediately help in their push for a playoff berth It will be to head coach JB Bickerstaff to cover up his defensive flaws With Kevin Love’s name constantly rumored, Toppin would be seen as the long-term replacement
Israeli swingman Deni Avdija is reportedly sitting near – or at the top – of Tier 2 striker in the game would be seen as the best match in skill and form
In a trade with the Knicks, the Cavs could lose some spots, reclaim assets and allow other teams to declutter their options, taking the best remaining player from Tier 2, where there appears to be little of seperation
The Celtics, with a tight salary cap situation and a staffing shortage, are eager to use their three first-round picks (14, 26 and 30) to progress How far can they go? What else should they include? Could it be for Okongwu or Okoro? Going to 14 wouldn’t be ideal for the Cavs, who see a drop in talent in the 10-11 lineup The Cavs have, however, had an in-person training session with RJ Hampton, who is screened between 12 and 20
Would the two teams go wild and create a monster deal that included Andre Drummond and Gordon Hayward in a bloated contract swap with the fifth pick?
The Pistons have been linked with Williams There was speculation about a promise there But Williams is starting to watch No 4 If Williams’ Chicago buzz turns out to be just smoke, then Detroit is climbing a few spots to snagging the “fastest climb” – or even skipping Atlanta at No 6 for Haliburton – would be something to watch What is the price of gaining just two places? Is Luke Kennard too much from Detroit’s point of view? Could a future choice be a possibility?
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