Offbeat Report: Cavs declined offer to trade up for Doncic in draft

12:52  12 july  2018
12:52  12 july  2018 Source:

Cavaliers reportedly turned down draft-night trade to move up to No. 3

  Cavaliers reportedly turned down draft-night trade to move up to No. 3 On NBA Draft night, Luka Dončić unsurprisingly made some waves. “A source said the Cavs were offered on draft night the chance to trade up to No. 3 with the Hawks in a deal that would’ve sent Kent Bazemore to Cleveland.

Though Luka Doncic should be—note: "should be" and not "is"—universally considered one of the top two prospects in the 2018 NBA draft , he's not a guarantee to come off the board and join either the Let's assume the Suns pass on Doncic and that a team wants to trade up for the Kings' No. 2 pick.

That said, the Cavaliers should have an immediate trade lined up in order to draft Doncic , but they need to make sure he falls out of the top three first. Bleacher Report 3 weeksPaul George Rumors: 'Growing Belief' Thunder Have a Chance to Re-Sign Free Agent.

Adam Silver wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport / Getty The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly had an opportunity to snag Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic.

The Atlanta Hawks offered the No. 3 pick and Kent Bazemore's onerous contract in exchange for Cleveland's No. 8 pick, but the Cavaliers turned it down, a source told Joe Vardon of

Atlanta eventually flipped the third pick to the Dallas Mavericks for the fifth selection and a future first. The Hawks ended up with Trae Young, Dallas happily picked Doncic, and the Cavaliers took Collin Sexton.

Taking on Bazemore would've meant swallowing an additional $37 million in salary over the next two seasons. That price evidently proved too costly for Cleveland, especially given team owner Dan Gilbert was so high on Sexton.

Doncic is one of the most accomplished international prospects of all time, as the 6-foot-8 playmaker was fresh off a EuroLeague title and MVP honors with Real Madrid. His stock dipped slightly due to concerns over his physical ability, but he's widely billed as an elite prospect.

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