The Cleveland Cavaliers own the first and fourth overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft (June 23, 7 PM Eastern, ESPN) and thus have a golden opportunity to reshape their roster, which finished last season with a 19-63 record, the league's second-worst. In addition to the two high draft picks, Cleveland is willing to trade talented youngsters Ramon Sessions and J.J. Hickson, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.â†µâ†µ
Sessions, a four-year veteran, posted career-highs in scoring (13.3 points), field-goal shooting (46.6 percent), and free-throw shooting (82.3 percent) last season, his first for the Cavs after arriving in a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. At 25, he's regarded among the league's better passers and pick-and-roll operators. He has two seasons remaining at his contract at just over $4 million annually, making him a great bargain.â†µâ†µ
Hickson, Sessions' frequent pick-and-roll partner, saw his role increase in his first season without LeBron James. He averaged 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 28.2 minutes, all career-highs. However, without James drawing defensive attention away from him, he didn't continue to get easy shots right at the rim area, as a result shooting a career-low 45.8 percent from the field. The 6-foot-9 Hickson will turn 23 before the start of next season and has plenty of potential still to unlock.