However, they made another draft-day steal in 2016 by selecting Malcolm Brogdon, who would win the 2017 rookie of the year award, in the second round. They acquired three-time all-star Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton from the Bulls in June for Kris Dunn, Zach La Vine, and Lauri Markkanen.Milwaukee also received a boost after trading with the Suns for Eric Bledsoe in November. Butler will be under contract through next season and has a player option for 2019-20.Joel Embiid, the team’s towering franchise player, finished with 14 points, a game-high eight rebounds, three blocks and five turnovers in 22 minutes, 57 seconds of play after missing the previous three games with back tightness.His back and knee problems have led to Embiid missing eight games total this season.The Cavs were fortunate to win the 2014 draft lottery despite having just a 1.7 percent chance of doing so.They used the pick to select Andrew Wiggins first overall.
The Orlando Magic had the league’s third-worst record, followed by the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz.
They instantly went from rebuilding to NBA title contender when Le Bron James opted in July 2014 to return to Cleveland after four seasons with Miami.
Focused on winning immediately, the Cavs shipped Wiggins and 2013 first-overall pick Anthony Bennett to Minnesota for four-time all-star Kevin Love in a three-way trade that involved the Sixers.
Cleveland made several free-agent signing and trades that led to its winning the 2016 title and making three straight NBA Finals appearances. They picked up 2017 all-star Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, and Miami’s 2020 second-rounder from the Celtics in exchange for Irving.
Plus, they signed 12-time all-star Dwyane Wade right before the season.