Don’t tell Tyronn Lue the Cavaliers have nothing left to lose as they head into Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors.
San Antonio — Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Latvia. Paceniks might not last this long, but if he’s available, the Spurs, who worked him out last week, figure to pick him. He’s 7-2 and will need some work, but the Spurs can be patient here and possibly leave him in Europe for a season. San Antonio has immediate questions at center, but Paceniks would be a potential long-term answer.
Utah (from Golden State) — Tony Bradley, C, North Carolina. The Jazz could have major holes to fill if free agency does not go their way. But they won’t know that on draft night, so it would make sense to address a clear need that will be there either way: backup center. Bradley did not see many minutes at North Carolina, but he showed himself to be an active inside player who can rebound and finish in the paint.
Basically, the goal was to accumulate assets in order to make the draft idiot-proof, where they could miss out on winning the lottery, or even incorrectly evaluate high-upside players at the top of the draft and still come away with a core that could legitimately one day have an argument that it could compete for a title. This trade certainly seems like the culmination of that vision, and it happened in part because Hinkie had the foresight to get a pick swap and first-round pick when taking on a salary dump from the Kings, then evaluated that Michael Carter-Williams was worth dealing for a future Lakers first-rounder.