The Cleveland Cavaliers appear willing to select former USC center Evan Mobley with the third pick in the 2021 NBA Draft Thursday evening.
With Cade Cunningham certain to go off the board to the Detroit Pistons at one and the Houston Rockets eyeing Jalen Green, Cleveland’s pick becomes the talk of the NBA world in the hours leading up to the annual event.
While Mobley will likely be the selection here, Cleveland is apparently still taking offers for the third pick. However, there’s one caveat here courtesy of Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor.
“While there’s significant interest in the third pick, and the Cavs are still listening (they have to, right?), a source maintain it would take a ‘Godfather’ offer for them to willingly move out of tier one and into a spot where they’d be selecting from different, lesser group of prospects,” the Cavaliers insider noted.
This makes a ton of sense given that Cunningham, Green and Mobley are seen as the consensus top-three prospects in the draft with Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs lagging a bit behind.
Teams potentially looking to move up with Cleveland Cavaliers
There’s been a ton of talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder looking to move up from the sixth pick. In fact, they offered up stud guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the Detroit Pistons for the top selection. Whether Oklahoma City would even consider giving him up for anyone outside of Cade Cunningham remains to be seen. But it could be of interest to a Cavaliers team that’s further a long in the rebuild process than other squads picking at the top of the lottery.
There’s also suggestions that Cleveland is attempting to land another top-10 pick in the draft by moving off Collin Sexton, Larry Nance Jr. and a 2022 first-round selection. Perhaps, a team like the Golden State Warriors picking seventh overall could make sense. They have been linked to Sexton in the recent past.
Either way, the Cleveland Cavaliers are seemingly set to take Mobley with the third selection unless a team wows them with an unbelievable trade offer.