Per Woj, the Cavs have sent the rights to forward Sasha Vezenkov to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the 49th pick in the second round. As of now, the Cavs have four picks in the draft: Nos. 14, 39, 49 and 56.
Cleveland is acquiring Sacramento's pick at 49 in tonight's NBA draft for the rights to Sasha Vezenkov, sources tell ESPN. Vezenkov, 26, was a first-team All-EuroLeague forward this season. He was the 57th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2022
Vezenkov is a 26-year-old forward originally drafted in the late second round by the Brooklyn Nets in 2017. His rights were acquired by the Cavs in 2021 when Cleveland acquired Jarrett Allen from the Nets as part of the multi-team deal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. It seems unlikely he’ll ever move to the NBA, so getting a second round pick for him seems like good business from Koby Altman and Cleveland’s front office .
This deal also seems like it sets up the Cavs to do something else in this draft. Using all four picks feels unlikely, so maybe this is as a set-up to do another deal where those picks are consolidated to move up into the first round again or as part of a bigger deal where the Cavs acquire a player. Cleveland drafting four players simply feels unlikely.