The Cleveland Cavaliers own Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick, which they acquired in the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas swap. Since the Nets are still in rebuilding mode, the pick is expected to be top-five, maybe even better. The Cavs have already been taking calls for the pick, hoping to gain a superstar in return to possibly convince LeBron James to stay. With such a valuable asset, these are four stars the Cavaliers may be able to pocket.
4. Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic may not be the hottest ticket on the market, but the Orlando Magic have him available for the right price. The Magic have been in rebuild mode for quite some time and haven't made huge strides yet. Vucevic has been the cornerstone of their rebuild but hasn't helped the Magic find much success. However, the big man is a capable mid-post scorer and rebounder, which would be very solid for the Cavaliers to acquire.
3. Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond is mainly known for his rebounding, but he could very easily dominate the game with that attribute. In Cleveland, he could feed off easy feeds from LeBron James, who will make Drummond look like a much better offensive player. The Detroit Pistons have had Drummond on the trade block before and wouldn't mind trading him in the near future if the team is unable to find success. Taking Brooklyn's pick would allow them to then draft another big man with the potential of becoming a star in the league.
2. Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol is reportedly open to leaving the Memphis Grizzlies now that the team has lost Zach Randolph, Vince Carter, and potentially Tony Allen. If Memphis agrees to trade Gasol, they would obviously look to rebuild by acquiring a high first-round pick. If they get Brooklyn's first-round pick, they could, just like Detroit, select another star big man in a draft that is expected to be loaded with bigs. Gasol would definitely be an enormous acquisition for the Cavaliers, one who would fit in better than the player below.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
A trade for DeMarcus Cousins doesn't need to happen right now. It could happen midway through the season if the New Orleans Pelicans don't succeed with him and Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. Cousins has been a target for the Cavaliers in the past, and they would love to obtain his services anytime this season. However, they would need to include much more than just the first-round pick. Perhaps they would have to throw in additional pieces, such as Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, Kay Felder and/or Channing Frye.
The pick was the most important piece of the Isaiah Thomas trade for the Cavaliers. They are aware that they could potentially add another star player by trading the pick with a couple of assets to drastically improve the roster and entice LeBron into staying.