The trade market is heating up as the NBA Draft draws closer and closer. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been mentioned as a candidate to move up down and all around in this draft, and now it appears as though a trade down candidate has emerged.
The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a trade on Thursday afternoon that resulted in the Hawks acquiring the 17th pick in the draft along with Allen Crabbe.
As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks are interested in potentially moving up in the 2019 NBA Draft. He also mentioned that they now have the assets to move up to the Cavs current pick at five.
Atlanta had been motivated to keep No. 8 and use 10 to trade back for a future asset, league sources tell ESPN. Now, Nos. 8, 10, 17, 35, 41 and 44 give the Hawks the flexibility to move up -- perhaps as high as Cleveland's pick at No. 5. Hawks GM Travis Schlenk has options. https://t.co/RqjV5uxkNG— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 6, 2019
It was recently reported that the Cavs have had interest in Cam Reddish, a player that likely would be a reach at fifth overall. If they were able to acquire the eighth and tenth picks, for example, that could allow them to take Reddish along with another high floor player like Brandon Clarke.
It’s unclear whether or not a trade back will ever materialize, or if the Hawks really want to pay that sort of premium to move up to No. 5. However it’s clear that the Cavs are going to be involved in a lot of trade conversations before free agency due to their need to restock the cupboard and their collection of expiring and non-guaranteed deals.