Teams that could trade their pick
I have seen many trade ideas flourishing recently involving teams that could trade their draft pick(s). The Bobcats are just one example of this. I just wanted you to tell us which teams you think will trade their pick, whether it is to move up the draft boards or fall down on draft night and explain why and if you can give potential trade partners.
I'm going to start by saying the Cavs and their 4th pick (moving down). I've already said this in another thread, but to me the Cavs are in rebuilding mode and have, apart from Irving,Tristan Thompson, Varejao and to a certain extent Alonzo Gee, a bunch of role players especially as Antawn Jamison hits free agency. In fact, the Cavs' free agents are as follow: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/FreeAgents-12-13/nba-free-agents-201...
The Cavs already own four picks in this draft (4, 24, 33, 34) and can benefit from a huge depth from picks 15 to 25 and from picks 30 to 40-45 which allows them to get rookies ready to contribute at each pick. They have, as seen with all of these role players and their upcoming free agents, plenty of spots available for rookies. Concerning their needs, they are fit at PG with Irving and PF with Thompson and to a certain extent C with Varejao, though he shouldn't be considered as the franchise's future. Therefore, they should at least be looking to add a SG, a SF and a backup C with upside and can "waist" one pick in the second round on a player with upside (Tony Wroten if available for example).
Currently, it stands that the top SFs of this draft (MKG and Barnes) are projected around picks 2-5 and the top SGs (Beal, Lamb) come just afterwards. There is also a huge depth of quality SFs around pick 24 and the Cavs are almost guaranteed to get one of them (Harkless, the Joneses, Royce White, Jeffery Taylor or even Khris Middleton and Quincy Miller). Therefore, my point is that the Cavs could be looking at trading their 4th pick for a pick that is a little bit lower, perhaps in the 6-14 range + another first round or second round pick in order to add a top notch SG (Waiters, Rivers and Ross should still be there if Beal and Lamb are gone), draft a quality SF at 24 (or before if they get a pick before 24) and then invest on a mix of high-ceiling players like Wroten and immediate contributors like John Jenkins, Draymond Green or Festus Ezeli with the 3 picks remaining.
Potential trade partners that I see:
-Warriors: if they are desperate for an SF, then 4(+33 or 34) vs. 7+30(+35): gives them the close assurance of getting Lamb or Beal and draft Wroten or Quincy Miller at 30.
-Houston: if they want to add quality over quantity, then the Rockets shift picks 14 and 16 for pick number 4. This gives the Cavs the opportunity of getting one of Waiters, Rivers and Ross at SG, choose their SF at 16 between all of the quality players mentioned before, and draft a big with upside like Fab Melo at 24.
-Philadelphia: Something like Iguodala for pick number 4: this gives the Cavs a proven great SG/SF still reasonably young and the Sixers get a good compensation for a player that they have been looking to deal in the past with their abundance at SG and SF
I mean its not as though any team could actually get it but the Cavs are reported to have offered 4,24, 33,34 of this years draft for Davis. Portland was mentioned as offering something similar, 2 1's and 2 2's. The Cavs have their 1rst pick next year, a potential protected Sacramento non top 14 1rst pick and Miami's or the Laker's (depending on who's is lower) 1rst round pick next year. If they were serious then why not throw in a future first rounder or two. They also have a another Miami 1rst 2 years after they use next years. I think the 4 pick this year, 24, 33 (Hornets original 2nd rounder) and a completely unprotected Cavs pick next year. A completely unprotected pick is almost unheard of now. I think the Hornets would have still said no but Davis and Irving would be great and a nice present to Cleveland seeing as though Lebron might win a championship this year.
I really covet Portlands 6 and 11 for the Cavs 4 and 24. Barnes and either J. Lamb, Rivers or Ross (one has to be there) would solidify the teams with great prospects at each position. Marshon Brooks killed the Cavs twice this year and J Lamb seems like a similar player with legit 2 guard height and length. Same for Ross who I like a lot.
ive said it on here before id love too c the bobcats or cavs try and get the 6 and 11 out of the blazers the blazers want drummon bad and he wont be available at 6 so the trading both lotto picks too get the guy they really want makes sense and with the cavs and bobcats both needing depth so bad getting more picks is a great decision
If there aren't bigger deals going down then I coul see aybe GSW looking to sell their 30th pick as the likes of Brooklyn and New York for example may look to move into the draft. We can also be sure that the Spurs will be doing due dilligence and if there is anyone they fancy then Ric Burford might make a move.
Teams like the Thunder for example might consider they would rather have a veteran than a rookie who would be buried down the bench so could maybe consider $3 million as a nice contribution to the contract renewals.