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NBA PM: Cavaliers Shopping No. 1 Pick
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Cleveland Cavaliers Shopping No. 1 Pick
The Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Cavaliers are fielding calls and gauging interest in the top pick, but most league sources believe Cleveland will have a difficult time finding a trade partner that is willing to part with anything significant to acquire the top pick since this class is widely regarded as being weak, especially at the top of the draft.
Cleveland’s dream scenario is dealing the first overall pick for a proven star. Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is one player that the Cavaliers have reportedly expressed interest in, according to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com. Sheridan says that if Minnesota is willing to part ways with Love then the No. 1 pick is theirs.
Cleveland wants to make the playoffs next season so their interest in a player like Love, who would take them to the next level, makes sense. But again, it’s hard to imagine Minnesota giving up Love for the top pick, or any team giving up any All-Star player for the No. 1 pick. If this were the 2014 NBA Draft, there would be teams lining up to trade for the No. 1 pick since Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and even Julius Randle are viewed as franchise-changing stars. Most executives feel this draft doesn’t have any those kind of players.
Another scenario that Cleveland would likely be open to is finding a trade partner that would allow them to move down a few spots to select Otto Porter out of Georgetown, who they have grown to really like. Porter would be a reach with the top overall pick and he might struggle if he has to the deal with the lofty expectations associated with being the No. 1 pick. However, Porter at a slightly lower pick makes the most sense for the Cavaliers.
Cleveland’s biggest need is at small forward since they have used a first-round pick on a point guard (Kyrie Irving), shooting guard (Dion Waiters), power forward (Tristan Thompson) and center (Tyler Zeller) in the last two years. Porter could be their small forward of the future, who develops alongside Irving, Waiters, Thompson and Zeller. However, Porter at No. 1 is too high since he’s not considered a star player at the next level. Porter is widely regarded as more of second option/impact role player in the NBA. He fills Cleveland’s need, but he’s not the best available player on the board at No. 1.
The best available player at No. 1 is widely regarded as Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. If the Cavaliers cannot trade the pick for a star or find a way to move down a few spots to pick Porter, they may have to just hold onto the No. 1 pick and select Noel. Even though they just drafted Zeller last year, he doesn’t have Noel’s upside. If Noel can develop into the special player that everyone has projected him to be over the last several years, he and Irving could be a very good duo.
Noel is very raw and won’t enter next season healthy due to a torn ACL that he suffered on February 12, so he doesn’t immediately help Cleveland and their goal to make the postseason. However, he could be the best selection long-term since he could be the Cavaliers’ center of the future and develop with the rest of their young core, which is still a few years away from reaching its prime.
Cleveland has options with the number one selection and they’re going to weigh all of them over the next four weeks leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft. Every year, the team with the top pick has to shop it around and see what’s out there, just to make sure they’ve done their due diligence and gauged interest in the pick. All eyes are on Cleveland to see what they’ll do.
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Changes to NBA Summer League 2013
Whoever the Cleveland Cavaliers draft will make their professional debut at the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. This year’s Summer League will be most interesting than ever. The 22 Summer League teams, including squads featuring eight of the top 10 selections in the 2013 NBA Draft, will vie for a championship in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion.
From July 12-22, 21 NBA teams and a team of NBA D-League Select players will compete for the inaugural NBA Summer League title. This year’s field includes 11 of this season’s NBA Playoff teams, along with 10 non-playoff teams.
The ninth NBA Summer League in Las Vegas tips off on Friday, July 12, and will conclude with a championship game on Monday, July 22. All participating teams will play a minimum of five games. After the conclusion of games on July 16, all teams will have completed three games and will be seeded for single-elimination tournament play that will lead to a champion being crowned on July 22. Rumor has it, the team that wins the championship has all of their Summer League expenses paid by the NBA.
The teams participating in Las Vegas will be the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami HEAT, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA D-League Select Team, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.
The teams participating in the Orlando Summer League will be announced at a later date, but that will likely feature a similar single-elimination tournament with a championship.
NBA Draft Information
The latest Consensus Mock Draft is now up on the site. Make sure you check it out to see which players are rising and falling in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Yannis Koutroupis, Steve Kyler, Joel Brigham and myself will continue to do the Consensus Mock Draft all the way up until draft day so make sure to keep checking those.
If you want a list of the top 100 players in this year’s draft class, check out this page right here.
For a detailed profile on every draft prospect, go here.
For the most detailed and accurate NBA salaries, check out this page.
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