Since the end of the regular season, there has been rampant speculation about the Cleveland Cavaliers trading up into the bottom half of the lottery. With four meaningful picks in the draft, many think it would be wise to find a trading partner to get a second talented player to go alongside presumptive #1 Nerlens Noel instead of three lesser prospects. With the Dallas Mavericks emerging as the most likely trading partner, what players are worth trading up to get?
Over the next couple weeks I'll be proposing several different players that may be available at #13 the Cavs could trade up to draft. I'll give some quick pros and cons for selecting the player and then let you decide whether the Cavs should "move up for..." that player.
Some quick assumptions:
1) Nerlens Noel is the Cavs #1 pick
2) The potential trade would give Cleveland the 13th pick in exchange for #19, #31, and #33.
If Chris Grant is building the roster to attract an elite SF like Lebron, Deng, or Granger, Shabazz would be a great pick to fill out the rest of the team. With a lineup of:
SF- Free Agent
Bench- Andy, Zeller, Shabazz, Gee
THAT looks like a championship-caliber team. Shabazz can play either wing position and become a dangerous scorer off the bench, especially against many teams bench units. Muhammad has enough length and athleticism to play stretches at either the SG or SF positions. He can be comparable to Alonzo Gee defensively but with a lot more offensive skill.
Taking Muhammad would still leave the team without an ideal SF, a problem that would be compounded if one of the top free agents don't sign with the Cavs. Would anyone feel comfortable with Muhammad as the team's starting SF? He has several other shortcomings, most notably his lack of passing skills and ability to create off the dribble. There are also the off-court issues surrounding his age and father. Some teams would rather stay away from someone who seems to be a magnet for bad news.
So what do you think? Would you want Grant to make the move?