The Cleveland Cavaliers, already the owners of the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft, are apparently looking to secure the second overall pick as well.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Cavaliers are in preliminary talks with both the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire the second pick.
The Cavaliers are in discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons about a three-team trade that would give Cleveland the top two picks of next month’s NBA draft.
The Cavaliers would use the picks to select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams, the sources said.
In the trade being discussed, Cleveland would absorb Detroit’s Richard Hamilton into the $14.6 million trade exception it received in last summer’s LeBron James sign-and-trade with Miami, while also receiving the Pistons’ No. 8 pick. The Cavaliers would then send that pick, along with their fourth pick, to Minnesota for the Timberwolves’ second pick.
Broussard goes on to say that Cleveland would then buy out the remainder of Hamilton’s contract, worth $25 million, meaning Hamilton would be free to sign with any team.
Detroit is also looking for additional players as well, so the discussions are far from over.
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