Cavs Acquire No. 30, Draft Kevin Porter Jr.

JUNE 26, 8:39pm: The deal is official, per an announcement from the Cavaliers.

JUNE 20, 10:58pm: The Pistons are acquiring 2020, 2021, 2023, and 2024 second-round picks in this swap, tweets Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press. The picks are from Utah (2020), Portland (2021 and 2023), and Miami (2024; top-55 protected), according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, who tweets that Cleveland also surrendered $5MM in cash.

JUNE 20, 9:48pm: After agreeing to acquire the No. 30 pick from the Bucks along with Tony Snell, the Pistons are flipping that pick to the Cavaliers, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). According to Wojnarowski, Cleveland will use the newly-acquired first-rounder to draft USC guard Kevin Porter Jr.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports (via Twitter) that the Cavaliers are sending four future second-round picks to the Pistons in the deal, along with some cash. Detroit had traded away all of its second-rounders between 2020-23 in previous deals, so this move will help restock the club’s draft assets.

Porter had an up-and-down season at USC in 2018/19, averaging just 9.5 PPG and 4.0 RPG in 21 games. He also face questions about his maturity, which likely contributed to him slipping to the end of the first round. However, NBA evaluators believe he has the physical tools to become a talented shot creator and defender, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

The Cavaliers have now added Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, and Porter in the first round of tonight’s draft. They don’t have any second-rounders, so their evening will be over unless they make more trades.

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12 thoughts on “Cavs Acquire No. 30, Draft Kevin Porter Jr.

  1. KnicksFanCavsFan

    Great, great draft night. Garland, Windler and Porter were solid picks. Hoping they can turn that Smith contract into a 2nd end pick or 2020 1st. Wouldn’t mind a big or long shot like Bol, Claxton or Reid.

    • x%sure

      Did you see the HR live chat? You called Windler! I figured Kabengele or Porter for #26, not all wrong!

  2. x%sure

    New perimeter: Garland, Porter & Windler. Sexton & Osman, energy off the bench.

    Espn did not place Windler and said he was weaker vs top competition! Say what? NBAdraft.net: 23, 6-8, 195, 6-10span, 8-9reach, 38″vertical jump, not strong enough for PF, 43% on 3s, can release high & fast off screens, high effort, rebounds, does coast-to-coasts but not a great handle for shot-creating. Small college but a fastpaced style. Cutter that finishes well. Indianapolis.

    • KnicksFanCavsFan

      i wouldn’t put Sexton on the bench. i think he pairs great with Garland. i would rather see Porter of the bench. also would still start Cedi. let the rooks earn their time.

    • Michael Chaney

      I think Garland, Sexton, and Cedi start and Porter Jr. and Windler come off the bench. Either way, I like that they’ve added guys that can shoot it. They’re still a long way away, but I’ve liked tonight.

      • KnicksFanCavsFan

        would love if they could buy into the 2nd round and get a big like Nas Reid or put Bol Bol out his misery and take a shot with him. feel bad for the kid. we could take it slow with him and need a shot blocker.

        • KnicksFanCavsFan

          i love the Philly pick with Admiral Schofield. wasn’t sure he would be drafted but he was another guy i wanted the Cavs to shoot for if they got a 2nd rnd pick. good character guy. great motor. also like Louis King from Oregon.

          this is really the first time i prepped for the draft. kinda fun in a sports geek kinda way.

      • KnicksFanCavsFan

        i really liked Cameron Johnson and was wondering why most ham him going in the 20’s to mid 30s. he reallllly jumped up. fantastic looking shooter.

        • x%sure

          There’s no cure for bad hips though. A risky pick at #10… I would still prefer Windler or Kabengele at #26.

      • x%sure

        Well you start off with Sexton & Osman and make the rooks win their jobs, I agree. But I think it won’t take long.

        Actually I suspect Garland will miss most of the year because like Irving, his style puts a lot of stress on his lower legs. Also the Cavs will be in no-rush mode and should be fair to Sexton. He’s getting an abrupt change in status, given how hard the Cavs FO worked to feature & promote him last year.

        Also I note that I said “last year” finally instead of changing it to “this past year” so there’s no confusion. They should just start new seasons with the draft instead of waiting until July 1.

        • KnicksFanCavsFan

          I don’t have a problem starting Sexton and Garland together. I would also want them to bring in a veteran pass first kind of point guard to sort of support the two.

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