Found March 10, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:

Take what you will from these tweets by Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico.

Tweet 1:

After Knicks loss, Cavs 2.5 out of final playoff spot. And don’t think they don’t want it or can’t get it. We’re talking about Knicks here.

Tweet 2:

I know all talk in CLE is RG3, but know this much about Cavs: According to latest, they may not need to miss playoffs to get back in lottery

Tweet 3:

Not elaborating on Cavs at moment. But you should be able to figure it out. Working on deal for someone’s lottery pick. That’s all for now.

I like mysteries! And I like pointless speculation! Who might give the Cavaliers a lottery pick?? What would the Cavs have to give up for a lottery pick? Or, more likely, what jerkstore with a terrible contract would the Cavs have to take back?

The first team I thought of was the Washington Wizards. They stink (lotto pick!), they have terrible contracts (paying $30 million Andray Blatche through 2015) and they got knuckleheads (JaVale McGee), so they fit the criteria. But the ‘why’ is bothering me. As in, why would the Wizards, with bunk around John Wall, want to give away lotto picks just to dump salary?

Wait, why would any lotto team give Cleveland a pick just to dump salary?

Sam Drew suggested the Rockets might be Cleveland’s mystery trade partner, as they own New York’s (top-5 protected) first rounder. This makes sense to me. Plus, getting the Knicks pick from Houston dovetails nicely with Amico’s “OMG Cavs might catch the Knicks for the 8th seed!” tweet.

Now, should the Cavs (currently picking 8th) surpass the Knicks for the 8th seed and get New York’s pick from the Rockets, they’d end up drafting 16th (their pick) and around 13th (Knicks pick). If the Cavs were to drop a spot or two and the Knicks made the playoffs, instead of 13 and 16 they’d be picking at 6 and 16 (or something similar).

No matter how the Cavs finish, they’d be doing themselves a huge favor if they could turn either Sessions or Jamison into another first rounder.


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