While he was kissing babies and shaking hands, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin was already receiving inquiries regarding the potential trade of his team’s No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
“I actually got calls right afterward, while I was standing there doing media,” Griffin said Wednesday during an interview on ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show.” “Teams were already reaching out and texting, so I think it will be an active period of time.”
Griffin reiterated that he will make a deal if he feels that it will make the Cavaliers better, but will have no issue holding on to the pick and selecting from three of the best prospects to be available over the last several years—Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of Kansas, and Jabari Parker of Duke. One report, also from ESPN, stated that Embiid is the “front-runner” to be selected, but multiple outlets are pointing in a variety of directions.
In 2013, then-Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant had reportedly tried to deal the No. 1 pick, but received little in the way of substantial offers. It appears that general managers throughout the rest of the league value this year’s draft on a wholly different level.
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