Feb 22, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; New Orleans Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez (21) pushes Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions (3) while dribbling in the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Cavaliers, Pelicans Talking Trade Involving The Top Pick


As has been reported on several occasions, the Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping the top overall pick. The Cavs have even apparently attempted to trade for Minnesota all star power forward Kevin Love.

According to Hoops World’s Alex Kennedy, the Cavaliers have made an offer to the New Orleans Pelicans involving the top pick.

Citing a source, Kennedy says “Cleveland offered New Orleans this year’s top overall pick in exchange for point guard Greivis Vasquez, the No. 6 overall pick and a 2014 first-round pick.”

It’s going to be difficult for teams to part with any 2014 first round pick because the 2014 draft looks like it will be absolutely loaded.

For Cleveland, it makes sense. They get a more-than-solid backup point guard and insurance for their star, Kyrie Irving. They also move down to sixth where they can still take a player with nice upside and could even still have a shot to land Maryland center Alex Len, who appears to be the favorite to go #1 if the Cavaliers do keep their pick. Plus, they get a pick in the loaded 2014 draft.

For New Orleans, it doesn’t make as much sense. They likely wouldn’t want to pair Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, a defensive-minded big man when they picked another Kentucky defensive-minded big man, Anthony Davis, just a year ago. It’s possible they covet Len or a player like Victor Oladipo. They’d almost certainly have to move up to land Oladipo.

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