Apr 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
For all the jubilee Dan Gilbert and his Cavalier cohorts exhibited at the Draft Lottery, it would seem a bit disingenuous given their reluctance to declare their intentions at drafting from the number one overall position. Nerlens Noel? Alex Len? Otto Porter? Not enticing enough, Chad Ford sayeth…
The Cavs believe that given the strength of their roster, it’s unlikely that they’ll draft a starter. They believe their core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao is better than anyone they could draft at No. 1. They also believe that while they have a huge hole at small forward, they’ll use their cap space to find a veteran small forward to fill that hole. Regardless of who they draft, he is likely coming off the bench.
Cleveland has offered New Orleans the No. 1 pick for Greivis Vasquez, the No. 6 pick and a 2014 first-round pick.
So what’s the deal Cleveland? Cuz that’s just obnoxious. Everyone has a story of a guy in a fantasy league offering up dozens of one-sided trades for the biggest names on everybody’s roster — to be clear, Greivis Vasquez is not the Pelicans biggest name, he is just their best point guard and asking for him along with their 2014 pick on top of the 6th is pretty incredible — but maybe it’s just Cleveland starting a conversation; putting some dialogue in with each team in the top ten to see where it could take them. I give them the benefit of the doubt until I remember how ridiculous their lottery celebration was.
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