Rumor: Cavs busy working phones for trades leading up to 2021 NBA Draft
The Cleveland Cavaliers are busy working the phones as the 2021 NBA Draft arrives. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony says the Cavs are currently “one of the most active teams in the league on the trade-talk front.”
Cleveland has the No. 3 pick in the draft. Givony says the Cavs are trying to get another top-10 pick, and they’re also trying to figure out what to do with Collin Sexton. The guard is eligible for a contract extension this offseason and will be looking for a lot of money, and it seems Cleveland isn’t sure about paying up. The Sexton rumors have been swirling for a while now.
There have been some rumblings about the Cavs trading that No. 3 pick, with the Oklahoma City Thunder being involved in those conversations, according to The Athletic’s John Hollinger. However, Givony says it’s now looking unlikely that Cleveland moves out of that slot, with Evan Mobley set to be the pick at No. 3.
Mobley would be an ideal fit alongside the rest of the Cavs’ young core, whether Sexton is there or not. The young big man could play next to Jarrett Allen in bigger lineups and also be a backup center. A lot of draft experts have Mobley as the No. 2 prospect in this draft behind Cade Cunningham, so Cleveland should be happy with the opportunity to take him.
The Cavs are looking to take a step forward next season as they continue to rebuild after LeBron James’ second departure. There’s also the whole Kevin Love situation to work out, but there’s not much happening on that front.