Greenberg: Cavs Should Trade Eighth Pick

Trading for an established player would improve Cleveland's chances of keeping LeBron James

Zach Gelb
June 19, 2018 - 5:02 pm

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Being dragged along through another LeBron James summertime decision this offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers are stuck in a state of limbo with no clear future in sight.

Ahead of the NBA Draft this week, Cleveland is set with the No. 8 overall pick, and hardly anyone knows how they are planning to use it.

Stopping by on CBS Sports Radio to preview the upcoming draft, former ACC Coach of the Year and current ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg gave his opinion on what the Cavaliers should ultimately do with their lottery selection.

“I would move that pick,” Greenberg said on The Zach Gelb Show.

Cleveland’s list of potential prospects include the likes of Alabama guard Collin Sexton, Oklahoma guard Trae Young and Kentucky forward Kevin Knox. When their names were brought up in the conversation, Greenberg gave varying evaluations on each player’s strengths and weaknesses.

“People are talking Collin Sexton – he’s got a little Kris Dunn in him,” Greenberg said. “Explosive, quick guard, nice player, but not a playmaker.”

As for Young?

“Not tough enough,” Greenberg said. “Can’t guard anyone at that position.”

Of all the options projected to be available at that point, Greenberg favors Knox – a first-team All-SEC selection and the 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year – over Sexton and Young, mainly because of his length, scoring ability, and long-term potential.

“I think a guy with a bunch of upside is Kevin Knox,” Greenberg said. “I think Knox as an 18-year-old with a nine-foot standing reach who can make shots and can play big in the post is a steal in this draft. I think he’s undervalued. Because of his versatility, he can play anywhere on the floor.”

Despite his admiration for the one-and-done phenom, Greenberg believes that the Cavaliers will take a different route for their only first-round pick this year.

“I don’t think (Knox) will go there,” Greenberg said. “If I was Cleveland, if I can get a really valuable piece that could keep LeBron engaged and then use our money to go and get another player, that’s what I would do.”