Kevin Love might not be the only big name the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to acquire. According to ESPN Draft Insider Chad Ford, the Cavaliers have their eye on not only love, but also Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Ford also notes, as should have been assumed by now, the Cavaliers GM David Griffin is under pressure from majority owner Dan Gilbert to make the playoffs next season. As talented as the top three prospects (Joel Embiid of Kansas, Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke) are, they may not make the Cavaliers qualitatively much better right way. All three should be able to produce right way – just not in the way a veteran like Love or Horford can produce next season.
In all potential scenarios, the Cavs probably have to give up more than the No. 1 overall pick for any of the players. Young players like Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett would likely have to be involved. Veteran Anderson Varejao could be involved for salary reasons. Still, any of these players, barring a long-term commitment to the Cavs, might not equal the value of the No. 1 pick.