INDEPENDENCE — One of the few certainties tonight in the NBA Draft is that there will be a ton of uncertainty.
Several trades have already occurred and more are likely before — and after — the draft, with the Cavaliers actively looking to move up from the No. 30 pick.
Cleveland, which also owns the 46th overall choice, could offer as much as $3 million to buy a first-round pick. The Cavaliers also could package money along with a player or fu-ture pick.
â€œWhether itâ€™s through trades, the draft or free agency, our focus is on doing the best thing that combines our short-term goal of chasing a champion-ship with our long-term goal of being one of those teams for a long time,â€ general manager Danny Ferry said. â€œOverall, weâ€™re in a good position in that regard.â€
The Cavaliers, who won a franchise-record and NBA-high 66 games in the regular season, would like to add interior size and strength, length on the wing, shooting and bench scoring, but they may have to do that through trades and free agency if they are unable to move up in what is widely consid-ered a very weak draft.
Though already small in the backcourt, the Cavaliers also are open to taking a point guard, especially if they stay at No. 30, where their primary objective would be finding a player who can make — and even-tually help — their team.
With Ben Wallace threatening to retire, Anderson Varejao about to become an unrestricted free agent and Zydrunas Ilgauskas showing signs of age, Clevelandâ€™s primary concern in the offseason is acquiring inside help.
The Cavaliers were tar-geting Milwaukeeâ€™s 6-foot-11 Charlie Villanueva through free agency, but it now looks like the Bucks, who traded high-priced swingman Richard Jefferson on Tues-day, will try to keep the power forward.
Unless Ferry can find a way to move up — and move up quite a bit — the Cavaliers arenâ€™t going to fill that need in the draft.
The center spot is remarkably thin after Connecticutâ€™s Hasheem Thabeet, who is expected to go as high as No. 2. In fact, the only other true center expected to go in the first round is Ohio Stateâ€™s B.J. Mullens, who is young and will likely take several years to develop.
The top power forwards are expected No. 1 pick Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), Arizonaâ€™s Jordan Hill, Louisvilleâ€™s Earl Clark, North Carolinaâ€™s Tyler Hansbrough and Pittâ€™s De-Juan Blair. It looked for a time like Clark might fall to the Cavaliers at No. 30, but it now appears heâ€™ll go about 10 picks earlier.
Cleveland will probably jump quickly if Xavierâ€™s much-improved Derrick Brown slides to 30, but he will likely be gone if the Cavaliers donâ€™t improve their draft position, leaving long and lean Taj Gibson of USC as the best power for-ward likely to still be on the board.
The top small forwards — some are â€œtweenersâ€ who may also play power forward — are Wake Forestâ€™s James Johnson, Gonzagaâ€™s Austin Daye, USCâ€™s Demar DeRozan and Pittâ€™s Sam Young. The Cavaliers like the athletic Young, but will likely have to move up to get him.
Small forwards who might be available include Georgetownâ€™s DaJuan Summers, Arizonaâ€™s Chase Budinger and a pair of in-ternational players, Omri Casspi and Jonas Jerebko.
The top shooting guards are Arizona Stateâ€™s James Harden, Memphisâ€™ Tyreke Evans, Davidsonâ€™s Stephen Curry, Louisvilleâ€™s Terrence Williams, Dukeâ€™s Gerald Henderson and LSUâ€™s Mar-cus Thornton.
Thereâ€™s a chance Thornton could slide, and the Cavaliers will also be keeping an eye on the availability of North Carolinaâ€™s Wayne Ellington and possibly Florida Stateâ€™s Toney Douglas.
Point guard is far and away the deepest position in the draft, as Ricky Rubio (DKV Joventut), Johnny Flynn (Syracuse), Jrue Holiday (UCLA) and Bran-don Jennings (Italy) are expected to go high in the first round.
North Carolinaâ€™s Ty Lawson, Virginia Com-monwealthâ€™s Eric Maynor and Wake Forestâ€™s Jeff Teague will also likely go in the first round, with other possibilities including UCLAâ€™s Darren Collison, Choletâ€™s Rodrique Beaubois and St. Maryâ€™s Patrick Mills. One or all of the latter could be available at No. 30.
â€œOur goals are the same,â€ said Ferry, whose team lost to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference finals. â€œWhether we won or lost (in the playoffs), we were going to try to get better.
â€œWe want to continue to be one of those four teams where, if you donâ€™t win it (all), you go through some misery.â€
Cavaliers swingman Tarence Kinsey was arrested early Wednesday and charged with driving under the influence, Tampa police told tbo.com (Tampa Bay Online). Kinseyâ€™s $995,000 contract for next season is not guaranteed.
** The last five No. 30 picks in the draft have been J.R. Giddens, Petteri Kaponen, Joel Freeland, David Lee and David Harrison.