CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Cavaliers have made their first move for draft day.
A few hours before the start of the annual event, the Cavs acquired the No. 49 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the rights of international striker Sasha Vezenkov, sources told cleveland.com. The Cavs also sent $ 1.75 million in cash to carry out the deal, the sources say.
Vezenkov (6-9, 225) was acquired on January 14, 2021 by the Brooklyn Nets as part of a three-team exchange that brought Jarrett Allen to Cleveland. Vezenkov, 26, was drafted 57th overall by Brooklyn in the 2017 NBA Draft and was named First Team All-EuroLeague last season.
The move gives Cleveland four picks in Thursday’s draft: numbers 14, 39, 49 and 56. Their tight roster crunch, with 11 players already under contract, makes it highly unlikely that they will have four rookies available.
However, having so many resources offers options and flexibility, two things the Cavs really appreciate. Also create an easier path, if desired, to get from the first part of the second round (# 39) to the late first. Numerous reports state that the Miami Heat at number 27 and the Golden State Warriors, picking 28th, may be interested in getting out of round one.
A source said early Thursday morning the Cavs like about 20 players in the first-round range. If one starts to slip – like in 2019, when the Cavs returned to the first round for mercurial Kevin Porter Jr. – the Cavs could have enough trading capital to strike a deal. The Cavs also have about $ 4 million in cash remaining to purchase a pick, with President Dan Gilbert’s blessing of being aggressive.
In recent days the Cavs have received calls for the choice n. 14. Those calls didn’t stop. The structure of some of these deals has been for helping, now, NBA rolling players, none convincing enough to be accepted by the Cavs. Other potential packages center around the idea of moving up from number 14 and adding capital to the future draft if a player Cleveland wants is off the board.
The Cavs also spent much of Wednesday making calls around the league, trying to see what it would take to move up from number 14, possibly even into the top 10. But their salary cap situation makes the transition difficult.
The draft starts at 8pm on Thursday evening. The Magic have the first choice.
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