Cleveland Cavaliers target Kyrie Irving
The 2011 NBA trade deadline was one of the most eventful ever. Nearly 10 percent of the players in the league changed teams over the past week.
And while we're sifting through the aftermath, one thing is clear: This year's deadline maneuvering will have major ramifications for the 2011 NBA draft. A whopping six first-round picks (two of them likely lottery picks) were traded this week.
Many GMs and scouts have commented on the weakness of this year's draft and GMs seemed to be voting with their feet months before the actual draft.
Said a Clippers source after the team sent its first-round pick to Cleveland, "This just shows you how much we hate this draft."
OK. But one team's trash is another team's treasure and teams like the Cavs were celebrating the acquisition of the Clippers' pick.
Who got what and how will it impact the draft? Here's a breakdown (along with a link to our newly updated Lottery Mock Draft):
The Cavs paid a heavy price for this pick, taking back the remaining $28 million of Baron Davis' contract. Given the salary difference between the guys they sent out (Mo Williams and Jamario Moon) and Davis -- they essentially paid roughly $12 million for a pick the Clippers claim they didn't want.
The trade really has two major ramifications for the Cavs. First, with Williams gone and Davis clearly not the point guard of the future in Cleveland, sources say that Duke freshman Kyrie Irving is now the No. 1 target for the Cavs. For the past month we've had Perry Jones (who now slides to No. 2) on their draft board.
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