Quiet night for Cavs during NBA Draft

Coming into Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t own a single selection. Due to different trades that the wine and gold have conducted over the last three years, the draft cupboard was bare. Although things may have been different Thursday night if David Griffin was still the general manager, the acting general manager tried his best to get in the draft but came up short. According to ESPN’s Marc Spears, Cleveland tried getting the 34th pick in order to select California’s Ivan Rabb, but the deal fell through. Rabb was picked by the Memphis Grizzlies at No. 35.

Although it was in the second round, Rabb would have brought some more depth at forward. In his two years at Cal, the 6-foot-11 forward averaged 13.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game (65 games), including averaging a double-double (14 points, 10.5 rebounds) during his sophomore season.

After Jimmy Butler was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the beginning of the draft, talk began circulating that Dwyane Wade, who just accepted his $23.8 million player option to remain in Chicago this season, could be bought out at some point this year, which could lead to him joining the Cavs. Don’t get your hopes up just yet, but it’s an intriguing possibility.

Following the quiet night on the Cavs’ front, assistant general manager (and currently acting general manager) Koby Altman released a statement:

“We came into Thursday’s NBA Draft with an opportunistic mindset should a situation develop for us to acquire any pick we felt would help improve our roster. While we had discussions specifically focused on acquiring picks tonight, we did not feel any of the draft-related options available to us created an opportunity to improve our team or tie into larger deals at this point. As we do year-round, our group will continue to creatively and aggressively evaluate and consider potential trades and free agent signings that would help us reach our singular goal of winning another NBA championship.”

The Golden State Warriors also didn’t own a pick coming into the night, but were able to buy the Bulls’ 38th-overall pick for $3.5 million and select Oregon big man Jordan Bell, who averaged 10.9 points, 8.8 boards and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting a career-high 63.6 percent from the field. He was one of just 22 players in the country to average at least 10 points and two blocks this past season. During the NCAA Tournament, he made a name for himself by the incredible shots that fell in.

The Cavs might not have fallen further behind the Warriors on Thursday night, but they also didn’t do anything to catch up to them either.

  • RGB

    That #38 pick was originally Cleveland’s….

    June 30, 2011: Sacramento Kings to Cleveland Cavaliers
    Sacramento acquired JJ Hickson.
    Cleveland acquired Omri Casspi and Sacramento’s protected 2012 first-round pick; the pick rolled over through 2017, when it was converted to Sacramento’s 2017 second-round pick.

    January 6, 2014: Cleveland Cavaliers to Chicago Bulls
    Cleveland acquired Luol Deng.
    Chicago acquired Andrew Bynum, Sacramento’s protected first-round pick, the option to swap 2015 first-round picks, Portland’s 2015 second-round pick and Portland’s 2016 second-round pick.

  • BenRM

    Remember when the Cavs were champions and not a confusing mess that almost got swept by the warriors? That was a good time.

  • formerbrownsfan

    I’m alot more optimistic about the Cavs than most others seem to be. The core of our team which won a championship is still here. I expect GS to take a step back. While Durant may have indicated he would take a pay cut, it will still be difficult for them to keep igoudala and the rest of their bench. As others have noted, our starters held their own against the GS starters. We got killed on the benches. I believe we win game 3 if LeBron had a little more rest. If we can improve somewhat, and be creative, we may not be favorites, but I’d like our chances in round 4.

  • JM85

    Of course GS somehow got a pick. All the expletives.

  • Pat Leonard

    But the Cavs didn’t just lose in the three games in Golden State, they got crushed. The Cavs’ top 5 players (in minutes) were outscored by the Warriors’ top 5 490-482. Then as you mentioned, the Cavs’ bench got creamed. I just think we’re much farther away than you’re thinking. The Warriors developed Patrick McCaw as a rookie and were able to trust him with minutes. The Cavs were unsuccessful doing that with Kay Felder and couldn’t play him in the Finals. I expected more from Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, but it wasn’t like they were missing good looks. The Warrior’s defense was smothering them. If the Cavs stand pat and don’t make any drastic changes, they’re going to get rolled again next year in 5 games.

  • Pat Leonard

    I love Jordan Bell too. He’s a defensive force who can guard multiple positions. He’s exactly who the Cavs didn’t want the Warriors to get.

  • Courtneypjohnson

    our classmate’s mother in law makes 85 dollars every hour at home and she has been laid off for 6 months… last month her revenue was 21529 dollars just working on the internet three hours a day. ➤see

  • tsm

    We neglected to develop young players at the end of our roster. This was a huge mistake. Korver did miss hi good look at the end of game 3 that would have put us up by 5 and all but clinched it. We need to get younger and more athletic