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Kyler: Cleveland Cavaliers Interested In Trading Brendan Haywood To Portland

Cleveland would include a pick, to create a trade exception for use during the season.

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Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in trading Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers in a lopsided deal. This could be a win-win for both teams: Portland could waive Haywood for free before his contract is due for renewal, and Cleveland would get a trade exception that could be used during the season if they need to acquire a player. Portland would likely be compensated with a draft pick for their troubles, but their interest level is unknown.

According to Pro Sports Transactions, the second round picks owned by Cleveland are top-55 protected in 2016 and 2017, and they have no second round pick in 2018. So if they're offering a second round pick, it could only be unprotected in 2019 when the Cavs own Minnesota's pick with no restrictions.