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“Cavaliers GM Chris Grant will be smiling, too, because the Cavaliers “won” the NBA Draft Lottery with the pick they acquired in February’s Baron Davis-Mo Williams trade with the Clippers. Now Grant’s real work begins because, even if Irving at No. 1 will be a quick decision, the decision at No. 4 will be much more complicated — and maybe just as important. This is a Cavaliers team that’s facing almost a total rebuild and has multiple needs but also has glaring needs at the small forward and shooting guard positions. Going with the point guard and the best available player seems the easy call, but where the Cavaliers go from there depends on a number of different factors. Big man Enes Kanter, if he’s available at No. 4, would be appealing, as would a handful of other international prospects, Bismack Biyombo, Jonas Valanciunas and Jan Vesely. Arizona forward Derrick Williams is likely to be gone before the fourth pick, and Kentucky’s Brandon Knight and UConn’s Kemba Walker are likely out of the Cavalier equation if they get Irving at No. 1. Also possibly in play for the Cavaliers at No. 4 would be San Diego State small forward Kawahi Leonard and Texas freshman post Tristan Thompson. It’s way too early to know with any type of certainty, which should make for a fun five weeks of discussion.” [Jackson/FSO]
We interrupt the Cavs victory parade for a great piece on Sizemore’s injury and Kearns’ future with the Tribe- “Certainly, you could imagine that the Indians wanted to give Sizemore more days off in the last month but were reticent to do so because of the struggles of his obvious replacement on the roster at the time – Austin Kearns. In case you were wondering, Kearns’ .450 OPS ranks 327th among the 333 MLB players who have accumulated 50 plate appearances on the year (although he is ahead of Shoppach) and the performance of Kearns to date (and the manner in which the Indians have used Travis Buck since being recalled from Columbus) seem to point to the idea that Kearns left holding the short straw when Grady does return from the DL, in terms of roster turnover.” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
Wow. Wolves General Manager David Kahn- “This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines,” Kahn said. “Last year it was Abe Pollin’s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: ‘We’re toast.’ This is not happening for us and I was right.” [Associated Press]
From Adrian Wojnarowski- “As coach, Byron Scott has been able to get his great point guard in second year on job. Jason Kidd. Chris Paul. Now, Kyrie Irving.” and “Kyrie Irving’s perfect young point to take burden of reshaping Cavs. Talent. Character. Cavs will think hard about No. 4, but No. 1 is easy.” [Via Twitter]
“The Cavs have four selection overall next month, the first, fourth, 32nd and 54th. There are of lot of trade possibilities. They have a trade exception worth $14 million in salary cap room. And they have a rich, motivated owner who will spend and take risks to win.” [Terry Pluto] That about sums it up.