Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  13 responses

Hornets Turned Down Offer from Cavaliers to Trade First Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly very intent on getting into the Anthony Davis business, but the New Orleans Hornets weren’t willing to trade away the top NBA draft pick. The 10th overall pick, however, is another story. From the Times-Picayune: “The Hornets would consider trading their No. 10 overall pick in the first round of the June 28 draft if the right deal comes along, but they are definitely not trading their No. 1 pick, league sources confirmed Monday night. ESPN’s Chad Ford reported the Cleveland Cavaliers offered their No. 4 and No. 22 picks in the first round and their two second picks at No. 33 and No. 34 for the No. 1 pick, but the Hornets rejected it. The Hornets are expected to use the No. 1 pick to select Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis, who is considered the best prospect since the Chicago Bulls drafted guard Derrick Rose in 2008. Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said last week they plan to bring in Davis for a visit soon. Davis, who has not acquired an agent yet, is not expected to work out for any other team.”

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  • Jer dawg

    He’s 6’11″ with shoes and about 220lbs. I smell Marcus Camby

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Lol Jer Dawg I’m glad someone said it. Me personally I feel he’ll be a tad better just because of his court vision and ability to handle the orange.

  • cbb_fanatic

    Very smart decision. It’s amazing the Cavaliers were willing to give up so much just to obtain Davis. Then again, he’s worth it. But if the Hornets are struggling in deciding who to choose for their 10th pick (meaning if they’re not going to choose Damian Lillard, Jeremy Lamb, or Terrence Ross or another big), then they should just trade that one.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I hope the Hornets gave that a lot of thought before saying no. They have big men, they could have gotten a lot of solid pieces with all those picks. If Davis doesn’t pan out they’ll regret it. But hey, hindsight is 20/20.

  • mask

    its okay. we gonna be alright. I have a good feeling about next year.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    That’s actually a pretty good offer considering the draft is deep. I can understand it’s tough to let go of the #1 though. When was the last time the top pick was traded???

  • Reggie06

    Common lakers trade something for that 10 pick we need fresh guys yo lets get atleast one draft pick

  • Bobitto

    That is a lot to be declining, especially with how deep this class is supposed to be. Davis is head and shoulders above the rest of the prospects so I can understand why they were against it. (right now) he looks like the only franchise changing player in the draft, but we’ll see how true that is a few years down the line. And like dfrance21 said earlier the hornets may regret this.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    not sh*t the Hornets rejected it. that’s a terrible offer for a franchise player. they can sign better players than they would get with any of those picks (no. 22, 33, 34) – so basically they would be surrendering cap space for the 4th pick and other rookies who may not even be good enough to stay in the league.
    you would have to offer Kyrie Irving and the 4th pick to get Anthony Davis.

  • LA Huey

    nbk’s right. That kinda ish might fly in the NFL where: 5 good players > 1 great player.

  • Omar

    @nbk – Exactly!!!!

  • haslem

    Well said, this was a terrible trade offer.

  • Wixurrs

    The Sixers traded the #1 pick of the 1986 Draft (would’ve been Brad Daugherty or Len Bias). I think that was the last and only time (pre-Draft, not counting Webber/Penny trade)