Cavs Discussing No. 5 Pick With Knicks, Others

The Cavaliers are receiving interest in the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, according to Chris Fedor of, who reports that the Pistons (No. 7), Knicks (No. 8), and Celtics (No. 14) are among the teams that have engaged in discussions with Cleveland.

The Knicks just moved up from No. 27 to No. 23 in a trade with Utah and may try to package that pick with No. 8 in an attempt to improve their lottery pick, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks and Cavs have been the two teams in the top eight most frequently connected to Dayton forward Obi Toppin, so it’s possible he could be the target on New York’s radar in a move up, though that’s not confirmed.

The Pistons, meanwhile, have been linked often to Florida State’s Patrick Williams. If he’s still on the board at No. 5, Detroit may have interest in moving up to land him — or to leapfrog Atlanta at No. 6 for Tyrese Haliburton, Fedor suggests.

According to Fedor, the Cavs have their eye on a number of players in the second tier of the draft, including Toppin, Haliburton, Deni Avdija, and Isaac Okoro, among others. Moving down to No. 7 or No. 8 could allow them to “declutter their options” while picking up an extra asset or two.

It’s unclear how interested the Cavaliers would be in moving all the way down to No. 14, which is Boston’s top first-rounder. Cleveland sees a drop in talent after the top 10 or 11 prospects in this year’s draft class, says Fedor. There has been some speculation about a possible Gordon Hayward trade involving the Cavs and Celtics, but it’s not clear if that’s something the two sides have even discussed.

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14 thoughts on “Cavs Discussing No. 5 Pick With Knicks, Others

  1. thekayz

    “Declutter their options”???
    That sounds an awful lot like, “We don’t know who to pick, so we’ll let other teams move ahead of us and take who they want and we’ll take what’s left!”
    How kind!

  2. Michael Chaney

    It would definitely be interesting if the Cavs’ reported interest in Toppin was just a ploy to get the Knicks to move up for him

  3. The only player worth trading up from #8 to #5 is Patrick Williams. Maybe Avdija, if Williams goes to the Bulls at #4. I just don’t see teams at 7 and 8 bidding for a guy like Toppin. Real good player, but the upside doesn’t warrant giving up other significant assets to get him vs what’s available a few picks later.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Toppin is a solid player at PF. Considering Cavs are good there. Could be they are looking elsewhere. I’d be very happy with Toppin. He grew up in NY while his Dad was a Rucker Park legend “Dunkers Delight”. Toppin can start right away. Has a chance to be ROY considering most real talent in this draft are 19 yr olds.

    To me trading up also could mean. Knicks want a PG at 23. This way they will get him. There are a few going around there. Terry, Flynn, Maledon. I would rather get two players than trade up.

  5. I hope we don’t dumb to #5.
    At #8 toppin will land…
    At #23 terry or stewart

    Going to #5 has no sense, except if you want okongwu

  6. Sillivan

    Celtics are the smartest

    They want move up to 1,2 or 3

    I’d love to move to 1 every year

      • mlbnyyfan

        Whatever happened to Issuf Sanon the Knicks got in a the trade with the Clippers last year? Can he possibly be the Knicks PG next season? If that’s the case draft Nesmith or Vassel at #8.

        • KnickerbockerAl

          Issuf Sanon … who ??
          Think he is still developing in Euro ball. Still young don’t really follow him. Knicks still own his rights. Don’t think he’s helping anytime soon lol. Not soon enough for sure. We need Westbrook

  7. KnickerbockerAl

    Nesmith all he can do is shoot. Not worth 8th pick. Vassell should go top 10. Knicks looking at him and Okoro there. I still would love Halliburton at 8. But I don’t thing he lasts. Probably be Okoro. He’s a Thibs kind of player. Has big upside and can help next yr.

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