I'm going to assume that at #6, we choose either Kanter, Valanciunas, Leonard, Vesley, or Klay Thompson.
I'm thinking about our #18 pick. With that low pick in the draft, our goal is to draft a player with high potential. It's a low risk, high reward pick, so it's most important to take a chance on someone who could be great.
The Pistons have also been trying to trade Rip Hamilton. They turned down the Cavs when they wanted to trade cash for the #8 and Rip (a BOYD deal).
While they rebuffed that trade, what if we offered #18 for the #8 and Rip? We take on the contract in return for the ability to move up 10 slots. Unlike the Cleveland deal, where they lose the draft pick entirely, now they just move down in the first round.
With the 8th overall pick, the Washington Wizards select Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, Spain/Congo. He's the ultimate risk/reward in the draft. For what is essentially our #18 pick, we get a great defensive player who has a high motor and a tremendous desire to develop his skills. While he lacks offensive tools, he has the raw talent and work ethic to develop offensively. He has the upside of a defensive player of the year, and if he busts, it was essentially an 18th overall pick given up. For such a low price, it would be worth the chance that he becomes a star or an epic bust.
In any event, whether you regard Biyombo highly or like the plague, I think this is a trade idea we should definitely consider. It could net us another one of the prospects we're targeting at four (potentially Leonard or Klay) instead of the lesser talent at 18. Or the Pistons might flat our not be interested!
Thank you for reading and any thoughts you might have!