Kotoch: Mock Draft 3.0.1 — Cavs Would Move No. 1 Pick For Kevin Love

15. Milwaukee Bucks – Dario Saric, SF, Cibona Zagreb (6’8, 10.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg)

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images-1The Bucks really had something in Tobias Harris, as evidenced by his performance with the Magic.

With youngsters Larry Sanders and John Henson leading the way, the Bucks have plenty of bigs who can crash the boards and block shots.

Adding a prospect like Saric – a versatile player with an impressive offensive game – gives them someone who can come in and provide production at either forward position.

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In watching Saric you see a player very comfortable as a facilitator. He also is an underrated scorer who just turned 19.

16. Boston Celtics – Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga (7’0, 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg)

celtics small logoKelly OlynykThe Celtics are always in the market for athletic prospects, and sources I have spoken with say Danny Ainge absolutely loves Adetokunbo. However, there is a gaping hole in the middle in Boston.

Olynyk would provide the Celtics with the ability to play right away. He is one of the most skilled offensive bigs in the draft and showed it in Chicago with a great mid-range jumper.

Olynyk is also a very good pick-and-roll defender, something that Boston takes pride in. As Olynyk rises up boards, the Celtics will have a tough decision to make on draft night.

17. Atlanta Hawks – Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Filathlitikos (6’9, 9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg)

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With two picks in hand, Hawks GM Danny Ferry will be have a lot of options. Considering Atlanta’s cap space this summer, taking a flier on an international prospect is very likely.

Based off his history, Ferry isn’t afraid to pick an international prospect, and landing Adetokunbo here could be a coup. Adetokunbo is one of the most physically gifted players in this draft. If given time to develop, he could be a quality starter in the league.

Adetokunbo is believed to have a promise from a team. It is not known i it is the Hawks.

18. Atlanta Hawks (From Houston) – Mason Plumlee, C, Duke (6’10, 17.1 ppg, 10.0  rpg, 1.4 bpg)

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Mason PlumleeOne of the problem areas the Hawks have had for years is the lack of a true center. It would be wise for the Hawks to take advantage of this draft, which is deep in big men.

Plumlee can come in and contribute right away and showed progress offensively at Duke this past season.

As a bonus, Plumlee, who is an explosive athlete for his size, would allow the Hawks to slide Al Horford to his more natural position of power forward.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers (From LA Lakers) – Sergey Karasev, SF, Triumph Moscow (6’8, 18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg)

Eurocavs small logoThe Cavs, if they keep all four of their picks, have big  draft-and-stash candidates with their second first-round pick. Karasev is one of the top international prospects and should be in the NBA in a season or two.

Currently playing for Triumph under his father, Karasev is an aggressive player who attacks opponents on offense. He is young with plenty of room to continue developing.


20. Chicago Bulls – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia (6’5, 18.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg)

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With Derrick Rose coming back fully healthy next season, the Bulls would be best suited to give him something he has always lacked: a true running mate. The Bulls really need a scorer who can create his own shot to pair with Rose, and Caldwell-Pope can do that.

Caldwell-Pope is a talented scorer with great length for his position and would allow the Bulls to ease the pressure on Rose offensively.

As scouts have gotten a closer look at Caldwell-Pope, his stock has continued to rise. Unfortunately, Caldwell-Pope struggled to connect on his jumper in Chicago but has plenty of opportunities during predraft workouts to change the minds of GMs.

21. Utah Jazz (From Golden State) – Jeff Withey, C, Kansas (7’0, 13.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.9 bpg)

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With the impending free agency of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, it would be wise of Utah to add another big to their reserves. While Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are talented offensive bigs, adding Withey would make Utah tougher in the paint and add shot blocking to a team that has lacked it.

Unlike Kanter, who was forced to sit behind Jefferson for two full seasons, Withey would get regular playing time since Kanter will not be playing as many minutes as Jefferson did.


22. Brooklyn Nets – Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas (6’8, 13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg)

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With the current state of the team, the Nets are a team in search of player able to contribute right away. Mitchell is still raw but flashes the type of ability and athleticism that cause many to think he could be a very good NBA player.

While Mitchell frustrates coaches and scouts by shooting too many jumpers,  there is no denying how good a shot-blocker and rebounder he can be. Brooklyn has long been intrigued by Josh Smith, whom Mitchell compares with very favorably.


  1. Max minsker says

    This article is stupid and you’re clearly not aware of how trades work in the nba. Rule number 1, never trade a franchise power forward for a center who has a torn ACL and has a lower ceiling than what the power forward is already giving you. Minnesota has taken Kevin love off the table and at this point Cleveland could offer all four of their picks plus Tristan Thompson and the wolves would hang up. Adding picks on the wolves side is something that wouldn’t make sense to even a casual observer of the nba, you should really take this post down, it’s an embarrassment.

  2. zodiac says

    To be fair to both CLE and MIN, Love is an all-star, top ten player; Irving will be an all-star and top ten player. This is the only trade that makes sense. Look at OKC what happens when you trade a proven talent (which is in high demand in the NBA) like Harden for basically potential — rookies and draft picks. Sorry, no Love for draft picks.

    • jbk says

      There is no way that the Cavs trade Irving. They just keep the pick if that is the case (which I hope they use on McLemore).

    • timmuggs says

      I think a fair trade would be Williams for the #1 pick. Actually, I’d throw in Williams, #9, and either JJ Barea or Luke Ridnour for the #1 pick and an early 2nd rounder.

      Only way the Wolves give up Love is if Cleveland first signs LBJ, and then we trade Love & Williams for LBJ.

      Probably will not happen, just like the one proposed in this article. BTW, I do not fault the journo for publishing this. If it is actual noise coming from Cleveland FO, it should be reported.

  3. Surgio Armani says

    As a Cavs fan, I’d love to see Kevin Love come to Cleveland, but this makes no sense. At face value, the article says Minnesota doesn’t have a 2014 first round pick, yet later says the Wolves would trade Love plus their ’14 first round. If you assume a typo, the deal still isn’t possible with the Cavs sending their 2014 pick because it’s prohibited by the Stepein Rule to trade your first round pick two years in a row.

  4. chris says

    You are a fucking idiot.

    On no planet (regardless of he said-she said bs with his contract) is any player in this draft worth love.

    Please tell me you didn’t go to Journalism School…..

  5. says

    Sheridan hoops, ” for intelligent readers”! Good thing that doesnt count for the writers. Apply for a job for nbatraderumors.com instead kotosch, Even they would laugh at this horrible idea. U just lost all credabilty!

  6. Young Melon says

    In other news, if Howard wants to play for the league minimum, the Bulls would consider signing him.

    Is this site for real? I feel like they’re just trolling readers at this point.

  7. Kev says

    Such a bad trade. This trade would basically put the wolves back into REBUILD mode. Start From Scratch AGAIN. Such a rip off. Cavs will switch position with wolves from being a lottery team to a contender and wolves who are a 7th, 8th seed contender (when healthy) will be put back into another lottery years again

  8. j. says

    this is effing hilarious…we’re trading Love, the best PF in the game, for a center with a torn ACL…all so we can resign our other center at a premium. “basketball reasons”

  9. Klaus says

    Mr. Kotoch you lost it, Love for #1 #19 and 2014 would be a robbery but you tweak it and propose Love PLUS #9 PLUS #26 for #1 and a 2014 1st round. BRAVO. Not even the worst delusional fan in B/R comments section could it better.

  10. Tom says

    OK, I’m a Wolves fan, so may be a bit biased, but WTF? Minnesota wouldn’t trade Love ALONE for the #1 overall pick, let alone throwing in 3 additional picks.

    What a misguided, delusionally uninformed fool.

  11. Billy the Kid says

    Good f***ing lord. Is this serious? Or is this a mockery of a mock draft (if there even is such a thing)?

    This site peaked when it launched but has gone consistently downhill ever since. Piss-poor layout, obnoxious ads, and some of the absolute worst content I’ve ever read (prime example above). I could find better analysis on any NBA message board and half of those are filled with 12 year olds.

    The Love deal you mention should embarrass you. Sheridan was well a well respected member of the media, but this should embarrass him as well since his name is on the site. A site that is no better than BleacherReport.

    I’d like a blowie from Kate Upton and to flip a 2nd rounder for LeBron, but it doesn’t mean I should put it into writing and release it on the Internet.

  12. Jack Burton says

    Wow, you are a fooking idiot. “And if the Timberwolves are willing to surrender Kevin Love, the No. 1 pick is available to them, sources tell SheridanHoops.com.” Really, wow what a great deal for the Wolves. I have a source too that says the Timberwolves #9 pick is available to Miami for Lebron James. You try and write like you have any credibility but this is just like Bleacherreport, fan masterbation at absurd trade fantasies.

  13. Aaron says

    I’m a Cavs fan, so this sounds great and all, but I agree with Matt that the proposed offer is crazy – no way the Wolves would ADD picks to Love to get the #1 in this year’s draft; it would have to be the other way around. Maybe Kotoch meant that the Cavs would give up the #1 pick this year plus their 2014 first for Love? In fact, it almost has to be that this is what he meant, since the Wolves’ 2014 first is already owed to the Suns (albeit with some protections).

  14. Matt says

    “Would an offer of Love and a ’14 No. 1 pick, along with picks 9 and 26, in exchange for Cleveland’s No. 1 constitute overpaying?”

    Seriously? Kevin Love is better than every player in this years draft and you think offering three #1’s along with him in plausible? Minnesota should be asking for FAR more than the #1 pick for Love.

    • Paul says

      He said Minnesota didn’t have a 1st rounder in ’14, so I’m guessing he meant to say Cavs ’14 No. 1 along with the top pick this year to Minnesota plus we’d have to send players (Verejao?) to match salary.

      • Joe says

        Maybe he should proof his article before posting then…

        Doesn’t matter Saunders isn’t trading Love this off-season when his value is at a low point, or be absolutely blown away by an offer. Love plus 9 and 26 for 1 and 2014 1st gets the dial tone.

        • Jason says

          Love, #9, and #26 for #1 and a 2014 1st should get a punch in the face. The #1 pick in this draft holds about the same value as a mid-lottery pick in most drafts.

          If you want more than a dial tone, it’d have to be Love for Thompson, Waiters, #1, and 2014 #1 unprotected (+salary fillers).

          • jbk says

            If the Wolves do this I think it is because they want McLemore so I don’t think Waiters would work. I could see this year’s pick, next year’s pick, the Heat/Sacramento pick and Thompson and Zeller. Not sure you need the salary fillers. As a Cavs fans this would make me nervous because Love is a free agent in two years.

      • Jamie says

        You don’t need contracts to match when the team taking on the salary (in this case Cleveland) in under the cap enough to take on that salary.


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