CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will make the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Cleveland earned the eighth overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, which was held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, ahead of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston.
The Cavaliers hold the eighth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft because of an offseason trade with the Celtics.
In exchange for multi-time NBA All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, the Celtics sent forward Jae Crowder, point guard Isaiah Thomas and a pair of draft picks to the Cavaliers.
One of those picks was an unprotected selection originally held by the Nets. The 2018 first-round pick was dealt to Boston in a trade for small forward Paul Pierce, center Kevin Garnett and guard Jason Terry, as well as Brooklyn’s first-round picks in 2014 and 2016.
Prior to 2018, the Cavaliers have made the No. 8 overall pick in the NBA Draft on four occasions.
The Cavaliers chose center DeSagana Diop out of Oak Hill Academy (2001), point guard Andre Miller from Utah (1999), point guard Ron Harper from Miami (Ohio) (1986) and small forward Campy Russell out of Michigan (1974).