Hey guys, first time long time. Love the community here, I went to the lottery party and had a blast and finally got around to making an account. I wanted to make this post to see how people feel about the idea of trading Thad and our pick to move up to number one, presumably for Wiggins.
I've seen some people are against the move, since it seems like a three player draft and at three we're set up nicely to just take whoever's left. It especially seems to be a bad move since we could try to swing Thad for another pick and, thus, another asset.
I disagree with that thinking. To me, the point of this draft is to get the cornerstones of the franchise set. It seems like you already have two in MCW and Noel, and this draft is the time to add a big piece to that core and get somebody who can compliment them nicely. With as big of a draft as this is, there is a huge priority on getting THE guy that you want. It sounds like from these most recent reports that Wiggins is the guy, in the eyes of the FO. I get that there's a ton of misinformation floating around this time of year, but that just confirms what a lot of us have thought all season long and it definitely fits Hinkie's MO so far. If Hinkie is convinced that Wiggins is the guy, and BB is convinced that Wiggins is the guy, it is absolutely worth it to give up the last man standing from the "old era" to guarantee you get the guy you want to be the face of the "new era."
As far as then not being able to accumulate more picks, I think a ton of people on this site have already laid out the possibilities to move back into the first (Boozer + picks from Chicago, Nash from LA, etc.) so if Hinkie has guys he wants in that 6-8 range or mid-first, he has the ability to get those picks without Thad being involved.
Now why would the Cavs do it? Their logjam at PF is pretty well-known. I think Thad brings an element to that team that they don't have, though. They're trying to build a winner now, and getting a 4 who can run the floor and put in the kind of effort Thad does bodes well for a young team trying to find an identity. If they bring back LeBron, Thad can go back to being one of the best sixth men in the business and bolsters their bench significantly. It's not an ideal fit, but I do think they could make it work. And if it gets to the halfway point of the season and he's not working out for them, he can still be dealt at the deadline to get some kind of value for him.
Now I say this believing that, if the order stays as it is, Embiid makes the most sense for Cleveland (you just don't get guys that big that move that well, the Olajuwon potential may even understate him because Embiid reportedly is demonstrating three-point range) and Parker makes the most sense for Milwaukee (provides an immediate scoring punch for a team trying to win under new ownership and whose young core so far is very solid defensively but needs a scorer). But the draft has proven time and time again that what makes most sense doesn't always happen, and I would be more than okay with giving up Thad to eliminate all risk of not getting our guy and having the core set for the future, with the slate effectively clean from the old era.