The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be the luckiest team in the NBA, as they have won three of the last four NBA Draft lotteries. Their ability to execute drafting players has been poor however, as they have been in the lottery for the last four straight seasons despite having three number one overall picks.
The Cavs are looking to change their on-court fortunes.
This year’s draft has a lot of potential and depth, and although there are some potential stars, the Cavaliers are looking to trade the number one pick for a proven commodity. One option they are reportedly seeking is the Atlanta Hawks’ all-star center Al Horford.
But I think the Cavs’ preferred route would to be a trade that thins out their roster and adds a young veteran who could immediately lift the Cavs’ long-term chances. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love has been the most often mentioned pickup. But the Cavs also have their eye on several other bigs, including the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah, the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge and the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford.
Although Ford’s report states that there is interest on the Cavs’ side of things, don’t bet on the interest being mutual. The Hawks are looking to rebuild and retool for the future, but trading away their best player for an unproven rookie doesn’t make much sense. The management and coaches liked what they saw from the limited minutes Horford and Paul Millsap shared in Mike Budenholzer’s system, and they would likely want to see how that develops next season.
Take this rumor as just that, a rumor. Sam Amico of Fox Sports reports that the Cavs are “lukewarm” on Horford, but do with that report what you may, and remember to consider the source.
The Draft will occur on June 23rd, and we will see how interested the Hawks are in moving up, and what price they are willing to pay.