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Cavs trade rumor doesn't make sense

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 28, 2011

An ESPN.com report says the Cavs have discussed a three-way trade with the Timberwolves and Pistons that would net the Cavs the top two picks in next month's draft.

That sounds well and good, but it doesn't quite make sense.

From everything I've been told, the Cavs haven't even finalized Kyrie Irving as the top pick. That's likely going to happen in the next couple of weeks, but the point is it hasn't happened yet. If the Cavs haven't even decided on No. 1, why would they start manuevering to move up to No. 2.

The Pistons have remained steadfast they wouldn't trade their lottery pick in this draft. While they did discuss dealing Hamilton to the Cavs around the trade deadline in February, that involved picks in the 2012 draft. They're not likely to trade the No. 8 pick and one of their best players for simply cap relief, particularly when the looming lockout will shave off some of the $21.5 million still owed to Hamilton.

I wouldn't rule out the Cavs trading the fourth pick before the draft. But I don't see it happening in this deal. Besides, if they did somehow wrestle the eighth pick away from the Pistons (not likely), it would make more sense to keep it themselves and walk into June 23 with three top 10 picks.

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