The biggest question in the 2017 NBA season still remains: Will the Cavaliers trade away the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick?
Although it seems like a no-brainer to add more pieces to a Cleveland team that is now 23-8, the Cavs front office is reluctant to move the draft pick.
In fact, the Nets first-rounder they received from the Celtics is still their backup plan if LeBron James leaves in free agency.
The Cavs want to keep the Nets’ pick as a backup plan in case LeBron James leaves this summer. (via Sporting News)— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) December 16, 2017
While this makes sense, the Cavaliers are only 1.5 games out of the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Perhaps moving the pick for a player like Marc Gasol or DeAndre Jordan could cement their status as the best team in the East.
The huge factor in dealing this selection is how the Cavs stack up against the Warriors. Executives believe that Cleveland would move the pick, if it would be to acquire a player that pulls them closer to Golden State.
Regardless of whether the Cavaliers are trying to cause smokescreens or whether they're looking for a better deal, they might want to move fast. As the days go by, the pick starts to lose its value due to the Nets' success.
Memo to Cavs fans: The Nets pick, as of this morning, is the 11th overall.— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) December 13, 2017
If Cleveland truly feels that James is walking out the door in the offseason, then keeping the draft pick would be wise. However, going for one last shot against the Warriors wouldn't be the worst decision in the world.
As of now, the Cavaliers' window to trade the pick is winding down.