We've all talked about it, but now it's time to organize some thought into it.
Even in a weak draft like this year's draft, the Cavs cannot afford to miss on who they draft. If we on such a high pick, then we will definitely have to go through another year like this past year.
I've it before that I feel that there are a few players who will need to be moved prior to the draft in order for this team to progress itself and set up for the draft. Those players are Antawn Jamison, Daniel Gibson, and Baron Davis. Any trade involving these players should result in the Cavs getting draft picks back. For instance, the Cavs could bring life back to the Rip Hamilton trade that fell apart before the Trade Dealine in February. The Cavs could send Daniel Gibson and part of the Trade Exception for Rip Hamilton and the Piston's 1st Round pick in this year's draft.
Baron Davis can be moved to a team who needs a good starting PG. The NBA is relatively flooded with decent PGs, so we will need to look for a team in need of an upgrade. LA (Lakers), Charlotte, and Portland all come to mind. Derek Fisher is really old and I don't think that the Lakers have a lot of confidence in Steve Blake as a starter. Charlotte likes DJ Augustin, but Baron Davis will be an instant upgrade if he stays healthy. Andre Miller can chopped from salary the cap because Portland has a team option on him. I feel that Baron would be more motivated on winning team like Portland. Maybe we could snag a Top-20 protected First Round pick in the future, but not for this year.
Antawn's contract will be expiring. It's worth a lot to a team wanting to dump a crappy contract. I want talent to be infused with this trade also. The only awful contract that is always seemingly available is Kevin Martin. Cleveland would be taking on an additional $9 million in extra salary. We could include the rest of our Trade Exception and throw one of Miami's 1st Round draft picks in the future. And speaking of it...
Pick #1) (First Round, First Overall) I personally would prefer Kyrie Irving with the first overall selection assuming that he leaves early. He stepped right back into that Duke team and made them better. I keep hearing "the second coming of Chris Paul". That isn't bad company to be a part of. I wouldn't be upset if they went after Derrick Williams though. The guy is pretty LeBron-esque. He is a big 3 who can play like a 4. And he can actually shoot a three-pointer.
Pick #2) (First Round, Seventh Overall) This is if my proposed deal for Rip Hamilton goes through. Harrison Barnes just wins this spot for me. The guy can guard the wing and has a smotth three-point stroke. He isn't too shabby off the dribble either.
Pick #3) (First Round, Eighth Overall) I do not want a foreign player drafted in this spot. I just see the Ricky Rubio situation and want no part of that. Alec Burks is a name that I've been hearing for this spot. He is a combo guard who is tall and can defend his spot on the floor and step over to guard a PG if need be.
Picks #4 and 5) (Second Round) The Cavs just need to address a couple of spots in the next round; A big Center with some upper body strength and a guard (either a 1 or 2) who can defend his spot or has a strong jump shot off the bench. Greg Smith from Fresno State could be that Center. David Lighty could be that guard who can defend, but he has a decent jump shot and can cut to the basket when there is a need for it. He also has the size to play the SF spot if he is asked to.
I believe a strong draft can lure Sasha Kaun to come back to the U.S. to play Center for the Cavs.
My new line-up would look a little some thing like this...
Let me know what you would change.....
Who is your preference for the Cavs to draft 1st overall?
Kyrie Irving (31 votes)
Derrick Williams (15 votes)
Harrison Barnes (2 votes)
Brandon Knight (2 votes)
Enes Kanter (2 votes)
Other (Specify Below) (7 votes)
59 total votes