Saturday, May 28th, 2011 at 3:00 pm  |  33 responses

Report: Cavs Eye 2nd Pick With Three-Team Trade

by Jonathan Santiago / @itsJONsantiago

Thanks to the luck of the lottery, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the luxury of two top-five picks in this year’s draft. But they’re looking to get richer, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard via Twitter:

Cavs, Pistons, Twolves discussing 3-team trade that would give Cavs 1st & 2nd picks, sources say.  Cavs absorb Rip Hamilton into 14.6 mill trade exception & get Det’s 8th pick. Cavs send 4th & 8th picks to Minny for 2nd pick.  Cavs would then draft Kyrie No. 1 and Derrick Williams No. 2. Nothing imminent but trade us being discussed by the teams.

Minnesota is open to moving down in the draft. Derrick Williams is considered the second-best player available after Kyrie Irving and the T-Wolves already have Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson at small forward. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are trying to rid themselves of the bad taste left by LeBron James’ departure. Drafting the two prospects with the highest likelihood of stardom would bring even more hope back to Cleveland. But for the Pistons, is the eighth pick worth giving up just to shed salary?

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  • MikeC.

    Bad move by Detroit if the next CBA has an amnesty clause.

  • Fitzroyce

    I think I just there up in my mouth a little… I’m a big pistons fan and moderately up on my ‘stones intel. The thought of giving up a chance at improving the front court in exchange with shedding a contract seems both dumb and unlike the pistons front office modus operandi. Rip’s contract gets shorter by the day, and each time it gets closer his value as an expiring contract increases. We aren’t stuck with him, he’s just a cumbersome piece whose time has not yet come. I love rip, he broughtnus a championship and personally won me a big payout once upon a time in an NCAA pool. If this trade is true, we’d have to be getting some player back. Kevin Love is about the only piece either team has to offer that we would want (these are the worst and second worst teams in the league after all. And why would the twolves give up the 2nd pick for the 8th? If this deal is true then there are missing details…the pistons would be more likely to trade directly with the wolves (#8 and ben Gordon for #2 and the right to get kanter? Or maybe Derrick?).

  • http://www.tampax.com doyouwantmore

    Detroit basketball reflects Detroit a little too well. Empty buildings. Employers who can’t afford to hire quality staff. Fire sales.

  • RoG23

    anybody care to guess how many of these draftees will actually be long lasting “differnce makers” for a team? seriously im curious if im the only who thinks all of these picks have extremely minimal value

  • Bill Sunday

    Detroit needs to get that bad boy mentality back! Draft Marcus Morris!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    bill sunday is now my friend

  • mike

    Kyrie and Derrick. Nice building blocks for a new era.

  • RunNgun

    Interesting. Were this trade to go down, Cavaliers would pick Irving and Williams. Jazz would take Knight. Minny would probably end up taking Kanter (2) and Burks (8)… though that eighth pick could be traded for a draft pick in 2012 as Minny loses its first round pick to the Clippers (via Adriana Lima trade).

  • the truth

    Good thing, keep b knight and kanter outta cleveland

  • fizzbucket

    Only Cleveland would go balls-out on the worst Draft class in years.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    Fizzbucket, you could only go bals out on a bad draft class, teams wouldn’t trade away their picks if it was a good draft lol

  • barnabusb

    If Detroit does this I will lose my shiz. They need to draft Bismack Biyombo to bring the D back to Detroit. Although I’d love to rid the team of Rip’s salary (and attitude) I’d rather have Biyombo.

  • jarrett

    i would have rubio going to DET to make this happen, cause if so its a lose for Detroit. Also, if the Kings get smart and select Alec Burks, then Minn. is screwed

  • http://www.arbys.com LilKDub503

    Fizzbucket: I thought the same thing when I was reading this. Can Cleveland be any stupider? They let LeBron go for free, after all.

  • Ryan

    This would be a ridiculous move for Detroit. The pick might not have great value but it has some value and they’d be trading value for nothing with this move. Now if the move included the rights to Ricky Rubio it might be worth discussing.

  • cball

    I think they should take enes kanter instead of derek. Enes is a bigger stronger kevin love and derek is like a michael beasley without the outside shot.

  • ogog

    Bill Sunday is so right ! BRING BACK THE BAD BOYS!!!!

  • jose

    Why not trade up in a bad draft class? your at least guaranteed some good talent with the top 3, everything gets hazy halfway through the lottery picks

  • KenCavs

    Cavs did not give away #23 for free. They got draft pics & trade exception. If you think this draft is weak, just look back at other drafts over the last 10 years and see all the crap that didn’t work out. It could happen in any year.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Having the #1 and 2 picks is a great way to garner publicity and attention for a franchise that desperately needs it. The biggest story from the Cavs this year was hiring the homeless man with the golden voice.

  • giant

    Detroit looks like a giant Cleveland.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Wow… Just wow.

  • RoG23

    why does derrick wanna go to cleveland so badly? is it because he wants to leave after a couple seasons of success so dan can go on and on about loyalty and put a curse on him and look stupid while promising cleveland a ring before he gets one? if so, then cleveland is the perfect destination for him

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Right, Derrick, who shot a ridiculous percentage from 3, is Beasley without the outside shot.. smh. This would be great for all the teams, Charlie V, Monroe and Jerebko if healthy all get minutes without having to develop another lottery pick and financial burden of TP and Rip is gone at least. Plus Gordon can maybe start earning that contract.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    This actually sounds like a reasonable trade to me. I think the Cavs are my new favourite team.

  • blackthougth

    would make sence 2 me.cleveland needs talent more than anyting, detroit got 2 undermaned/but overpaid sg (Ben gorden!, and gettin`rid of 1 would sertenly help.)besides its a weak draft, so givin up no 8 is no big deal.and the twolves already have pgs&sfs galore.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Someone mentioned the Cavs should just keep the 1, 4 and 8 picks, taking Burks, Irving and a big man… could actually be better given the quality of SFs in next year’s draft class.

  • sam

    This trade would screw the Pistons over even more!!! Yes, we’d be getting rid of Hamilton, but we need that pick to secure hopefully Kanter or another tall big man that can help out Monroe and take Ben’s place. Horrible move for Detroit if this goes through, and we shouldn’t be helping out the Cavs anyway.

  • a;lkdsfj

    i think that minesota should really trAde that pick…they need some veterans ..minnesota has too much young players that can’t even help the team win…they have more talent than golden state warriors but the warriors are a better team!!!!!!!and i think that the pistons should get rid of the no 8 pick cus they need salary space ……

  • JD

    Irving and Williams will probably follow LeBron’s footpath in … err… soon

  • Harlem_World

    Which is the worst place to play in the whole league? Cleveland got to be top 3…

  • Demigod

    I say L.A. , Detroit then Cleveland. So they aint that bad.