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Cavaliers trade rumors and news: Team in search of first-round draft pick

The trade deadline is less than 24 hours away and the Cavs are looking for more draft picks.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to add another first-round draft pick to their stable, per Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.

As the NBA nears Thursday's 3 p.m. [ET] trade deadline, the Cavaliers remain in pursuit of another first-round pick to add to their bulging war chest of draft picks. With time running out, there is at least a decent chance they don't get it.

In order to obtain the first-round draft pick that the team is seeking, they would likely need to find a trade partner that is under the salary cap or has a trade exception to use -- that is if the Cavs do not want to add another player in the deal.

From Fear the Sword:

My only real thought on this is that the Cavaliers must REALLY love this draft class, or at least be in love with specific players in this draft class enough to want to stockpile enough assets to move up and get their guy. If they acquire another pick for the 2013 Draft without shipping one out, that'll be five selections. With four of the Cavaliers' core players being 23 or under, I can't see the Cavaliers making more than two picks...

Nothing new really on the Marreese Speights front, even though all of the Cleveland-area news outlets packaged a story about him today. Basically they'll trade him if they can get a good deal, but it seems they aren't necessarily opposed to keeping him either.

It remains to be seen if the Cavaliers will be able to get a first-round pick for Speights and if that is something they want to do. He has a player option for the 2013-14 season of $4.5 million and he has been productive for Byron Scott. Speights has averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds in 10 games since coming over in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

It's pretty incredible to think what the Cavs could do with five selections in the 2013 NBA draft. With such a young team already, how many of those picks can they realistically keep? It'll be interesting to see what the Cavs do by the deadline.

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