The Cleveland Cavaliers might not be able to retool their roster before February’s trading deadline if they aren’t including the Brooklyn Nets pick in trade discussions. According to TNT Analyst David Aldridge who wrote on NBA.com, the Cavs are looking to keep the pick since there’s not a player in the market that could possibly make LeBron James commit long-term to Cleveland this summer. “The current consensus among many executives around the league is that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Altman will, ultimately, hold onto the Brooklyn pick. The likelihood of Cleveland ever getting a potential top-10 pick again in the James era is Who in Whoville size. ‘I don’t think there is a player on the market that justifies it unless LeBron targets someone and makes it a condition of his return,’ one executive texted Sunday. But who could that be? And what else does Cleveland have that other teams would want?” It’s easy to understand the Cavs organization’s stand regarding the Nets pick. Many teams have found new life after drafting a player with the first pick in the lottery. They drafted both James and Kyrie Irving as number one picks in 2003 and 2011, respectively.
Report: Cavs expected to hold onto Nets pick at trade deadline
Cavaliers Nation | Jan 22