This is ridiculous. Tell me I'm wrong on this. Given these assumptions:
1. Kyrie Irving, Alec Burks, and Harrison Barnes put their names into the draft.
2. We get pick #3.
We not only COULD, but SHOULD come away with Irving and either Burks or Barnes. Even the average rube could be a good enough GM to make it happen, really. This doesn't have to be rocket science. A GM shouldn't be "attached" to any one player so much so that he is risking the very franchise he will COULD play for (Rubio). And I say COULD because I won't believe it until I see his feet hit the floor at Target Center.
So how do you do it? Use your assets, plain and simple. We have a player that is worth a lot and is highly coveted, and another player or 2 we could use to get it done. AND we have draft picks. First target is Irving. He's not going past the first pick. We bite the bullet and offer our 3rd pick and Rubio to Cleveland for the top pick. We take Irving. Ka ching, goal #1 accomplished. Goal #2 - get into picks 6-10 to target either Burks or Barnes. You first try and offer both the utah and memphis picks to a team to move up. If that's not enough you offer one of the picks and a player. Something like the memphis pick, a 2nd round pick, plus a player like flynn, or ridnour, or pek, or darko, or tolliver, or Ellington, or Webster. If that isn't enough, you step it up a bit and offer both the utah and memphis picks and any combo of those players. If that isn't enough, yes, consider throwing in Randolph or Beasley. Ultimately yes, you want to keep Beas and Randolph, but if it allows you to nab Barnes or Burks, you bite the bullet.
So, as you can see, it is all very realistic, and could be done without too much hassle. If Irving and Burks/Barnes were nabbed, you'd have a stud up and coming back court that would put fear into the opponent in a relatively short amount of time. You'd have Wes and Beas (hopefully, but if not, i could live with it) at the other wing position with one starting, one super sub. You'd have Love doing his thing. Then you have Randolph and Pec or Darko split time in the pivot. That would still be the weak point, but Randolph could be a surprise if he adds some weight. He is surely bigger than he was a couple years ago, that is for sure. This team would be attractive enough for free agents to want to jump on board, I believe.
What say you?