3. Atlanta Hawks
First on the list is a deal with the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks took a chance last season by trading away Luka Doncic to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young and this year’s Mavs pick. While Young certainly lived up to expectations, the Hawks were probably hoping this pick would be a little bit better than 10th overall. This was made even worse when their own pick fell to eighth, which was about as low as it could have fallen.
Because of this, Atlanta should be open to moving up in the draft. The Cavaliers could easily offer up their No. 5 and No. 26 pick, plus Jordan Clarkson, in return for a strong center in Alex Len, a decent defensive forward in Taurean Prince, a young forward in DeAndre’ Bembry and both the No. 8 and No. 10 picks in this year’s draft.
This gives the Cavaliers plenty of freedom to select whoever they want with their two picks. They could easily take a risk on a center such as Bol Bol or choose a safer option in players like Kevin Porter Jr. or Brandon Clarke. The Cavs also patch up a hole in their rotation by adding Len, who averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in just 20.1 minutes per game last season.
Overall this feels like a win-win for both teams. Atlanta has a chance to draft a wing player to play alongside Young and John Collins, while Clarkson will add firepower to the Hawks’ bench.