Who is Emoni Bates? 3 things to know about 2023 NBA Draft prospect

Emoni Bates, a lanky, 6-foot-9, 19-year-old NBA Draft prospect from Eastern Michigan is among several players in Thursday’s draft that the Cleveland Cavaliers could target at pick No. 49 in the second round.

After trading their 2023 first rounder to the Indiana Pacers in the deal that brought back Caris LeVert, Ricky Rubio and a second rounder (Andrew Nembhard) last year, the Cavs only have the aforementioned No. 49 pick (via Golden State Warriors ) unless higher up they choose to swing another trade.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic reported that the Cavs — along with the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks — have already looked into moving up in the draft to improve their odds of finding needle-moving talent. So it’s not too far-fetched that the Cavs could move up from No. 49 or simply trade into the first round while keeping their second round pick.

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