The NBA Draft is just a few days away and there's still a lot of uncertainty about what the Cleveland Cavaliers will do with the first overall pick. There have been reports that indicate the Cavs are leaning towards both Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. But there are also reports that general manager David Griffin is still open to trading the pick.
If the Cavs are interested in trading the pick, the Utah Jazz appear to be a willing trade partner. It's fairly common knowledge that the Jazz are in love with Jabari Parker and would like to move up from the 5th overall pick to draft him first overall. Of course, this is just a rumor so the details are a little fuzzy. But there have been numerous reporters tweeting potential deals that could be made. In general, the packages that the Cavs could get from the Jazz would involve Derrick Favors and the 5th overall pick.
Jazz offered Favors & 5th for No.1 & Jarret Jack; Cavs wanted unprotected pick added; Jazz then threw in the 23rd pick. That's what we know.— Austin Horton (@austinhorton) June 23, 2014
Although Favors and the 5th pick are pretty valuable assets, it doesn't seem like that'd be enough for the Cavs to part with the potential to add Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Therefore, the Jazz might throw in the 23rd overall pick and/or Alec Burks. Furthermore, such a deal would allow the Cavs to get rid of Jarrett Jack's contract.
Told Cavs indeed having talks w Jazz but deal being mentioned a little off. Favors, Burks, #5 and #23 in play for #1 and potentially Jack— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 24, 2014
Receiving Favors, #5, #23, and Burks in exchange for #1 and Jarrett Jack would be a pretty solid deal for Cleveland. That's a lot of value -- and if you aren't totally sold on either Wiggins or Parker then it's not a bad move to make. There's also the thought that the Cavs are really excited about Joel Embiid and still want to draft him despite his recent foot injury. But they can't pick him at #1 overall, so they can trade down while accumulating more assets to make the risky pick a bit more palatable. That could be a possibility.
As of right now, the Cavs have not been convinced by any trade offer. There will surely been countless more phone calls and text messages exchanged in the final few days before the draft, but until further notice, the Cavs are holding onto the first overall pick.