The Cleveland Cavaliers have long said that after getting the number one overall pick in the draft that they would be willing to trade it and as the NBA draft approaches, the team appears to be willing to listen to many offers, including for the Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Marion, Chicago Bulls Luol Deng, Pacers Danny Granger and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge.
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According to ESPN.com, the Cavaliers have looked at the Mavericks with Shawn Marion as a possible trade partner for the number one pick. The team is expected to take Nerlens Noel if they hold onto the pick, but since he is injured that is all up in the air. Mark Cuban said that discussions with Marion have not happened yet and that a trade deal is not imminent. Marion has a decision to make whether or not to opt in next season with the Mavericks, or he could become a free agent.
The biggest issue for the Mavericks is trading Marion to give themselves a chance to sign Dwight Howard. They need to figure out what Marion will do with his contract ahead of the draft and the deadline, as they want to go after Howard in free agency. Some other names mentioned include the Bulls' Luol Deng, Pacers' Danny Granger and Blazers' Lamarcus Aldridge and all three players could be options for the Cavaliers.
Granger has been mentioned in talks all offseason since he was injured this past year for the Pacers and they still made it to the east finals. Head coach Frank Vogel said that his starting job was not a guarantee for next season and with Lance Stephenson growing, there is a good chance they could give the starting job to him instead. Granger has a decent amount of money on his contract, but the Cavs feel that they are close to being back in contention with Kyrie Irving and may want to try and speed up the process. Deng is being mentioned in numerous trade rumors, including with the Wizards for the number three pick.