The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't set on selecting first overall -- but they're asking for a hefty price from potential trade partners.
Cleveland asked the Portland Trail Blazers if they'd be interested in dealing LaMarcus Aldridge for the top pick and the No. 19 pick, per a report from ESPN's Chad Ford and Marc Stein. The conversation was a non-starter, as the Blazers opted to hold on to their 2006 No. 2 pick.
Blazer's Edge had discussed the possibility of the team dealing Aldridge for picks, and more specifically, the prospect of trading him for the No. 1 spot. It's understandable why even the first selection plus another pick wouldn't be enough to wrest the Blazers' franchise big man out of Portland: he's a proven entity who just produced a third consecutive 20-point season to go along with a career-high 9.1 rebounds per game, and this is a purportedly weak draft class. But Aldridge's contract expires in 2015, and the Cavs are one of the few teams over the next two seasons with the cap room to take on Aldridge's $14 million-plus contract.
Other rumors reported by Ford and Stein:
- The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly very, very into Victor Oladipo. They're offering the No. 9 pick, No. 26 pick, and Derrick Williams -- the No. 2 pick just two seasons ago -- to move up. But other teams are apparently very, very into the Indiana wing as well, because nobody's bitten on Minnesota's offer. Williams' career has been a bit disappointing thus far, but he still averaged 12.0 points in the NBA this season, while the rangy Oladipo averaged 13.6 in more minutes in college last season. Apples and oranges, but they'd be giving up a passable NBA player plus two first-rounders for somebody just a year younger. Oladipo might pan out, but it's risky.
- The Sacramento Kings are shopping Jimmer Fredette for a mid-first round pick. The No. 10 pick just two seasons ago, Fredette's NBA career has been entirely predictable: he's still a spark plug as a shooter and scorer, but at 6'2, he's undersized as a shooting guard and doesn't display any real semblance of passing skills. And besides, the Kings already have Isaiah Thomas starting at point and Tyreke Evans running the show from the other guard spot. As such, they're seemingly willing to get a slightly lower pick than the one they used on Fredette for a shot at a do-over. The Jazz and Pacers are mentioned, both teams that could use a bench shooter with perhaps a little bit more freedom for Fredette.
- The Pacers made one of the more low-key confusing moves of last summer by signing Gerald Green, the high-flying ex-Slam Dunk Contest champ who has never really made a mark on the league, to a three-year, $10.5 million contract. Green quickly fell out of the rotation, remaining an inefficient scorer while not meshing with Indiana's defensive mindset, appearing in just nine of the team's 19 playoff games. They'll trade him and their No. 23 pick to a team willing to take on the final two seasons of Green's contract.