Should The Cavaliers Trade The No. 1 Pick In The 2014 NBA Draft To The Magic?
The Cleveland Cavaliers own the right to the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday night. And with that pick, they are expected to take either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, two players who are widely considered to be franchise-changing guys who will be NBA All-Stars for years to come. So why then are the Cavaliers reportedly entertaining a trade offer from the Orlando Magic that would send either Wiggins or Parker to O-Town later this week?
At this point, the Cavs haven’t confirmed or denied the trade rumors surrounding the No. 1 pick. But reports are indicating that the Magic would be willing to give the Cavs Arron Afflalo as well as the rights to the No. 4 pick in the draft and the No. 12 pick in the draft in exchange for the first overall pick. And while that sounds like it might not be enough to get the Cavs to give them the pick, the deal actually wouldn’t be a bad one for Cleveland, assuming they could then turn around and use those two picks to add two high-quality players to their roster. If they were able to do that, it would make their point guard Kyrie Irving a very happy man. But it would also probably make LeBron James think twice about the idea of returning to Cleveland. And additionally, it would force guys like Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love to think about coming to Cleveland, too. Because suddenly, the Cavaliers would be a young, up-and-coming team with a lot going for it in the future.
When you consider all of those things, it definitely seems like it would be worth the Cavaliers’ time to at least think about trading away the No. 1 pick. Sure, it could potentially look like a bad deal in the future if Wiggins and/or Parker turns out to be the next LeBron and/or Carmelo. But it could also make the Cavs a solid team for a long, long time and force free agents and free agents-to-be to consider them as a potential landing spot. So we wouldn’t surprised to see them pull the trigger on a deal with the Magic. Now we’ll just have to sit back and wait and see if they actually decide to do it—or if the trade rumor turns out to be another smoke screen put up by the Cavaliers to try and entice other teams to make them trade offers as well.
Thursday night can’t get here soon enough.