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Report: Cavs Turned Down Major Trade During The NBA Draft

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The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't made a ton of moves this offseason after losing LeBron James in free agency. They could have reportedly made a sizable one during the NBA Draft, though.

According to a new report by Joe Vardon of, the Cavs were offered the chance to trade way up in the first round of the draft, but Dan Gilbert's team opted to turn that down. reports that the Cavs were offered the chance to take on Kent Bazemore's salary to move up to No. 3.

From the report:

A source said the Cavs were offered on draft night the chance to trade up to No. 3 with the Hawks in a deal that would've sent Kent Bazemore to Cleveland. Instead, Atlanta swapped spots with No. 5 Dallas, and the Mavericks ended up with Luka Doncic while the Hawks landed Trae Young.

Cleveland wanted Sexton and held firm at No. 8. Again, it's very, very, very early, but the Cavs have every reason to be pleased with their pick. No one drafted ahead of Sexton is averaging more points per game in Vegas than him.

Gilbert was reportedly a big fan of Trae Young, so the Cavs probably would've taken that point guard at No. 3.

Cleveland does seem quite happy with Sexton already.