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

07:02  13 july  2018
07:02  13 july  2018 Source:   yardbarker.com

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

  Report: Cavs declined offer to trade up for Doncic in draft 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 Cleveland.com.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.

Cavaliers Move Kevin Love for Another Star. 2 of 10. Boston reportedly went after George at the February trade deadline. Jaylen Brown, the No . 3 pick in last year’s draft , showed flashes of potential stardom during his rookie season.

Sign Up . The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly only willing to include the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, which they acquired from the Boston Celtics as part of the Kyrie Irving deal, in trade talks if the package coming back can help the organization for the long haul.

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On NBA Draft night, Luka Dončić unsurprisingly made some waves. The Atlanta Hawks took him with the No. 3 overall pick only to trade him to the Dallas Mavericks (and Trae Young) at No. 5. According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavaliers could’ve had Dončić for themselves.

“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.”

As it turns out, the Cavaliers were just very high on Collin Sexton. That’s whom they took eighth overall. If this report is true and they didn’t want Dončić, it’s almost unbelievable, but again, they were said to be very high on their eventual pick. Sexton is off to a great start in the summer league.

We can say, however, that Dončić is arguably the best player in this draft class. For some reason, the Phoenix Suns took a traditional center that has no role in today’s game. For some reason, the Sacramento Kings continue to be very stupid. But the Cavaliers passing on Dončić and losing LeBron James in the same summer? This has the potential to blow up in their faces in a major way.

As they look to rebuild in the wake of LeBron leaving again, that’s the last thing they need.

DeMar DeRozan expresses anger at trade to Spurs on Instagram .
Loyalty is a luxury in the NBA and one rarely rewarded. DeRozan also will come around and embrace San Antonio, the Spurs culture, and Gregg Popovich. He will help them win a lot.Whether the Raptors can win over Leonard becomes one of the NBA’s biggest storylines of 2018-19.

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