The Cleveland Cavaliers got lucky for the third time in four years, landing the number one overall pick in three of the last four seasons.
Should the Cavaliers keep the top overall pick, they will likely take one of three prospects – former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid, his college teammate, forward Andrew Wiggins or former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker (with Australian point guard Dante Exum as the dark horse).
Many pundits believe the Cavaliers should narrow things down, but Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports the Cavaliers are keeping their options open.
A team source in Cleveland said it’s unlikely the Cavs will commit to any player leading up to the draft. “We have to keep our options open,” the source said. “Once you commit, your hands are tied. The good thing about the No. 1 pick is that you have lots of options. Embiid is a great prospect and he might very well be the choice at No. 1. But until you see all three and, more importantly, until we understand the trade market, it just makes no sense to make any promises.”
If the Cavaliers do decide to trade the pick, they been tied to the likes of Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, who averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season, Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah, the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who put up 12.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who went for 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 blocks per game and Atlanta Hawks’ big man Al Horord, who averaged 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.