Report: Cavs declined offer to trade up for Doncic in draft
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The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly had an opportunity to snag Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic.

The Atlanta Hawks offered the No. 3 pick and Kent Bazemore's onerous contract in exchange for Cleveland's No. 8 pick, but the Cavaliers turned it down, a source told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

Atlanta eventually flipped the third pick to the Dallas Mavericks for the fifth selection and a future first. The Hawks ended up with Trae Young, Dallas happily picked Doncic, and the Cavaliers took Collin Sexton.

Taking on Bazemore would've meant swallowing an additional $37 million in salary over the next two seasons. That price evidently proved too costly for Cleveland, especially given team owner Dan Gilbert was so high on Sexton.

Doncic is one of the most accomplished international prospects of all time, as the 6-foot-8 playmaker was fresh off a EuroLeague title and MVP honors with Real Madrid. His stock dipped slightly due to concerns over his physical ability, but he's widely billed as an elite prospect.

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Report: Cavs declined offer to trade up for Doncic in draft
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