Which Team Do Cavs Trade with Most Often?

Which Team Do Cavs Trade with Most Often?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The NBA draft is over and free agency is about to begin. It is ripe time for trades in the league.

BetOhio.com – your source for Ohio sportsbooks – wondered which NBA franchise has been the favorite trade partner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Utilizing Basketball-Reference.com, BetOhio.com gathered the number of trades made between the Cavaliers and other teams – as well as highlighting the most successful acquisition of the team’s trade history between the two teams.

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Most Frequent Trade Partner of Cavaliers

Here is what we found out:   

RankTeamNo. of TimesBest Acquisition
1Portland Trail Blazers12Jim Brewer (1973 1st-round pick)
T-2Phoenix Suns11Larry Nance
T-2Milwaukee Bucks12Hot Rod Williams (1985 2nd-round pick)

The Portland-to-Cleveland connection has happened 12 times. The best acquisition was power forward Jim Brewer, who was a 1973 first-round draft pick (2nd overall) from the University of Minnesota.

The Phoenix Suns (Larry Nance, 1988) and Milwaukee Bucks (Hot Rod Williams, 1985 second round draft pick) tied for second with 11 trades each.


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2023 NBA Draft Selection

The Cavaliers used their one and only pick (No. 49, second round) on Eastern Michigan sophomore guard Emoni Bates in last week’s draft. You can see how the Cavaliers have fared with second-round picks historically.

Bates, a 6-9, 190-pounder from Ypsilanti, Mich., was a consensus top 5 recruit and committed to play his college ball with the University of Memphis and head coach Penny Hardaway. Having dealt with injuries and essentially missing home, Bates  transferred to Eastern Michigan before his sophomore season last year.

Bates averaged 9.7 points as a Memphis freshman. He rebounded with a solid season at Eastern Michigan with 19.2 points per game average, shooting 40.5% from the field and 33.8% from three-point land.

The Cavaliers are young and improving and that shows on Ohio sports betting apps.

Before the draft, Cleveland was listed at +900 to win the Eastern Conference and remains that way at BetMGM Ohio.

Late last week, the Cavaliers had 4.1% of the tickets and 10.9% of the handle – third only at BetMGM to the Miami Heat (63.9%) and the Boston Celtics (13.3%).

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Lou Monaco
Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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