The trade inquires started about five weeks ago, shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers jumped up a few spots to No. 3 on lottery night, and they are expected to continue through Thursday evening.

The 2021 NBA Draft is here. Cleveland is in a prime spot.

A class once perceived to have a four-player top tier, now feels one short, with Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Evan Mobley separating slightly from the rest. Apologies to Jalen Suggs, who could make teams look silly in a few years. But his exclusion speaks to the quality of year’s class. Someone like him doesn’t typically go fourth or fifth. The mesmerizing trio at the top, all of whom likely would have been in the No. 1 conversation last year, is also why numerous teams want to move up. And why Detroit, Houston and Cleveland are clutching tight to those picks.