The rich appear to be getting richer, as Cleveland is fixin' to land Kyle Korver from Atlanta. A 2019 first rounder is slated to head south in the deal, which required the Cavs to make another trade-
In a separate deal, the Cavs have agreed to send their 2017 first-round pick to Portland in exchange for their 2018 first-round pick, which the Trail Blazers already own, a source told ESPN. This would enable the Cavs to use their 2019 pick to make the deal with Atlanta. Under league rules, teams cannot trade first-round picks in consecutive seasons.
It was Cav ineptitude in trading in the 70s and early 80s that brought that rule onto the books. Ted Stepien was the owner at the time, who loved to trade draft picks for veterans. The Redskins' George Allen (the dad of the VA politico) was infamous for trading most, if not all, of his draft picks, rendering that other DC war room moot most draft days. However, Allen was a good judge of talent, getting seemingly over-the-hill players in and making the most of them; "the future is now" was the Allen mantra, and it worked nicely for the Skins.
Unlike Allen, Stepien wasn't a good judge of talent, leaving the cupboard so bare that the league let the Cavs (after Stepien sold the team) buy the rights to a post-first-round pick at one point. To keep future trade-suckers from giving away the store again, the NBA put that rule mentioned above where you have to use your first-round pick at least every other year; it became known as the Stepien Rule.
Fast forward a third of a century and Cleveland has become a powerhouse, but a rule inspired by their sad-sack days comes back to make things a notch more difficult.