Cavs may have received offer from Celtics ahead of draft

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman talks to reporters during a recent press conference.

It’s NBA draft week, which means it’s time for smoke and mirrors, and a whole bunch of rumors.

With the No. 5 overall pick, the Cavaliers are a part of all the buzz leading up to Wednesday.

One thing we do know is the Boston Celtics have been trying to package at least two of their first-rounders (Nos. 14, 26 and 30) to move into the high lottery. The Celtics reportedly have spoken with the Atlanta Hawks (No. 6) Detroit Pistons (No. 7) and New York Knicks (No. 8).

And according to Terry Pluto of, you can throw the Cavs in there too — with the Celtics perhaps offering the 14th pick, and another first-rounder, for the Cavs’ pick.

Before we go any further, I doubt the Cavs would do that.

They don’t need to add two rookies to the roster. Some might argue they don’t even need to add one. They already have plenty of young guns, with guard Collin Sexton (20.8 ppg) entering his third season, and point guard Darius Garland and shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. each entering his second.

Also, small forward Dylan Windler will be a rookie after missing all of last year with a lower leg injury.

So if the Celtics did offer the No. 14 pick, and say the No. 26, I’m guessing Cavs general manager Koby Altman would have quickly turned them away. Altman has already made a major deal with Boston, sending Kyrie Irving there in 2017, but I doubt that familiarity would play a role here.

Pluto also wrote some about the Cavs veteran frontcourt of centers Andre Drummond and Tristan Thompson, and power forward Kevin Love.

Thompson is a free agent and Pluto wrote he doubts Thompson will return to the Cavs. He also wrote that the Cavs are unlikely to find a deal for Love, given Love’s age (32) and the size of his contract.

I agree with Pluto on both of those thoughts, and will write about my Thompson doubts in the coming days. In short, I don’t see many pathways or good reasons for him to return.

“While there are Love rumors (most unrealistic), Drummond could be traded,” Pluto wrote. “Being in the last year of his contract could make him attractive to another team. The Cavs always could absorb a ‘bad contract’ for Drummond, and also add some future picks.”

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Sam Amico
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1 Comment on "Cavs may have received offer from Celtics ahead of draft"

  1. Oh that wonderful time of the year when Cleveland sportswriters go out of their way to offer their opinion that Cavs players aren’t worth anything in a trade. Always a real boost to the front office. Cleveland goggles, where what’s in our yard isn’t even a shade of green. The self fulfilling prophecy of the helpless Clevelander with no self respect.

    Kevin Love is worth a lot to a team that wants to win. If you can’t see that, it’s time to start watching something else. The market for the winners is a market of basketball value, which Kevin Love has. The market more important to losers that of narratives. The winners are playing the losers by beating them in both markets. When Cavs want to start realizing and discussing basketball value, they will become winners again.

    Cavs readers have watched our writers get played by the NBA community and Cavs front office for years about the value of our players, and it’s gotten pretty stale.

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