The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers had one of the worst records in the NBA last season and because of it, they will have the fifth-pick in the NBA Draft. Cleveland also has the 26th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They have that pick from a trade with the Houston Rockets.
Some of the players the Cavaliers could take with the fifth-pick is forward De’Andre Hunter from the University of Virginia, point guard Darius Garlund from Vanderbilt University, guard Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech University, shooting guard Cam Reddish from Duke University, point guard Coby White from the University of North Carolina, or forward Sekou Doumboya from France.
Should Cleveland keep the number five pick or should they move back in the NBA Draft and acquire more draft picks?
Well, there are two teams that have three picks in the first-round. The Boston Celtics have the 14th, 20th, and 22nd pick. The Atlanta Hawks have the 8th, 10th, and 17th pick.
I am sure both of those teams will be finding some trade partners on draft day for those picks. It is rare for teams to hang onto three first-round picks, but you never know what could potentially happen.
I think the Cleveland Cavaliers should consider it, but I don’t know what players they are interested in if they are willing to move back in the NBA Draft.
Tristan Thompson has an expiring contract after next season and maybe Atlanta or Boston could take on the contract for one season. Thompson is a very good offensive rebounder and he could be productive as a starter or off the bench.
The Hawks are open to taking players that are salary dumps. Tristan Thompson fits that description perfectly.
Cleveland could offer Atlanta the fifth pick and Tristan Thompson for the 8th pick, 17th pick, one of the second-round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, and maybe Miles Plumlee.
Thompson would maybe be a good fit for the Atlanta Hawks in the long run even though this team is rebuilding. Atlanta would be able to get a very good player with the fifth-pick.
Center Jaxson Hayes from Texas, small forward Nassir Little from North Carolina, forward Rui Hachimura, forward/guard Romeo Langford from Indiana, and forward/guard Keldon Johnson from Kentucky will be some of the key players available with the eighth pick if the Cavaliers decided to trade back.
In reality, I don’t think Cleveland will trade up with the New Orleans Pelicans for the number four pick or trade back with anybody. I think they will keep both picks and not take a risk on draft night even though the Cleveland Cavaliers might have a perfect opportunity to put the rebuild ahead of schedule with acquiring more picks in the NBA Draft.