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Saturday, 22 June 2013 13:43

Report: Cleveland targeting Paul Pierce

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According to  Fox Sports Ohio, the Cavaliers may have had conversations with Boston about a trade that would send Paul Pierce to Cleveland in exchange for picks 31 and 33 in the upcoming NBA draft.

While the probability of this trade is unknown, it is certainly an interesting proposition as the trade would make sense for both teams. 

If the Celtics plan to excersize their team option on Pierce, they might as well try and get something in return.

Two second round picks may not seem like a lot, but for a team potentially in rebuild mode those picks have a lot of value. Some potential draft targets in this range could include Ricky Ledo and Isiah Canaan.

The trade would make sense for Cleveland, as they have a great young core of players that could use a veteran leader in Pierce.

The team has had four first round picks over the last two years, and currently hold two more in this upcoming NBA draft:

Kyrie Irving - PG - Pick #1 in 2011 Tristan Thompson - PF - Pick #4 in 2011 Dion Waiters - SG - Pick #4 in 2012 Tyler Zeller - C - Pick #19 in 2012 Pick #1 in 2013 Pick #19 in 2013

Assuming that the Cavs select either Nerlens Noel or Alex Len with the #1 overall pick, the team will have a great young prospect at every position except for small forward.

With no top small forwards expected to be available when the Cavs pick again at #19, the team should look to address this need via other means.

The NBA draft is set to begin on Thursday, June 27. Any trade involving draft picks cannot officially be announced until after the draft.