1. Kevin Love double trade
This trade takes place in two parts. First, Altman orchestrates a deal involving Kevin Love to the Phoenix Suns for the No. 6 pick in the draft and Tyler Johnson (assuming he opts in before the draft). It’s one of eight possible trades CBS Sports guesses might happen and it’s actually solid option for both teams.
Phoenix already oozes young talent and with the West in moderate disarray, could leapfrog a number of squads with the help of a steady All-Star. Plus, Love kind of provides the two main things Deandre Ayton lacks offensively: a workman-like nature and reliable jump shot. Johnson is tossed into the deal for cap reasons.
Let’s say they Suns agree to the trade. The Cavs then deal the No. 5 and No. 6 pick for New York’s third selection. The swap leaves Cleveland with two clear talents to build around in Collin Sexton and R.J. Barrett. New York, completely void of potential after the Kristaps Porzingis trade, now has solid two spins at the superstar wheel instead of one.
Reports in May indicated the Knicks were interested in trading down because the front office thinks so highly of Jarrett Culver. Maybe Cleveland gives them a chance to do just that with this trade.