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Cavs looking to trade down - June 23rd, 2002

It's something the Cavaliers haven't done in 17 years. But it's something that very well may happen Wednesday.

The word around the NBA is the Cavs, not enamored with players who might be available with the No. 6 pick, are looking to trade down in the draft.

``I think they're going to trade down,'' said agent Michael Coyne, who has had many talks with NBA officials about his client, Brazilian forward Nene Hilario.

One possibility is the Cavs will take Hilario and ship him to one of several teams that covet him. They include Phoenix, which picks No. 9, and Milwaukee, which selects No. 13. Dallas also likes Hilario, but the Mavericks don't have a first-round pick.

The Arizona Republic reported Saturday that Phoenix and the Cavs may swap picks and the Suns would forget about a first-round pick owed by the Cavs the next time they make the playoffs. In addition to Hilario, the Suns like Georgian forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Maryland forward Chris Wilcox.

Why would they draft down? When reading this article I was baffled at why in the world would a team even give up a high lottery pick?

Honestly, in my opinion, I think it all has to do about Next years draft and Lebron James. Yes, there still is the NBA Draft Lottery before the draft but the Cavs will probably want to secure themselves the best possible chance at getting no.1 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Thats what I think.
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