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Report: Cavaliers considering Otto Porter with No. 1 pick

May 23, 2013, 8:39 PM EST

Otto Porter Jr., AP

Most likely, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take Nerlens Noel with the No. 1 overall pick. When you think about their needs, a big man who can run the floor and defend the rim fits that.

Of course, Noel is a project, a couple years away from really contributing much at all to an NBA team. So the Cavs are looking around. They might trade the pick.

Or, they might take someone else. The Washington Post hints at the fact the Wizards are interested in Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter at No. 3, but maybe he doesn’t fall that far.

But there is a possibility that Porter, arguably the most NBA-ready player among the top prospects, might not be around when the Wizards pick third. A source with knowledge of the Cavaliers’ thinking said Porter is under consideration to go No. 1.

A number of players are under consideration for the Cavs, although Noel still seems the best fit.

But can you see a trio of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter working together? I’m not sold, but a versatile wing could work in Washington.

This is probably a false rumor, but it’s worth keeping and eye on.

  1. jkadis - May 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Pretty sure the Cavs will be sending smoke signals in all directions until Draft Day.

  2. dondada10 - May 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Ben McLemore > Otto Porter

  3. bifford - May 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    The Cavs have shown that they’ll pick who they want, regardless of perceptions in the media.

    • 00maltliquor - May 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      You know what, I dumped on the Cavs for going Thompson with the #4 a few years ago and Waiters with the #3 last year, but to my surprize they were pretty solid picks, considering how weak 2011 was and all the hype surrounding 2012.

      Who would have been better to get then Tristan Thompson? Klay Thompson. Kawhi Leonard? Nik Vucevic? Shumpert, Parsons, Tobias Harris?

      Klay, but the others would have been too far a stretch at the time. In hindsight they did good.

      Now for Waiters…I was loud about how I thought they effed that pick up. I was kinda wrong. He is an inefficient volume scorer and likely will get traded within the next 2-3 years for a better fit next to Irving, but who would they have gotten that would have been much, much better (not Lillard though, they didn’t need 2 PG’s)?

      Barnes. Drummond. Henson.

      In 3 years when re-visiting this class I think Waiters will fall off some from that draft class, but that’s a maybe. Right now it looks look it wasn’t so bad. Now. In hindsight.

      Point is, Cavs know how to pick with some bunk draft classes. Let’s see what they do now with this one. Personally, I would trade it for a more established player (maybe Danny Granger?).

      • asimonetti88 - May 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM

        The draft is an inexact science. Klay Thompson would look nice on that team but Tristan Thompson is a solid player. I tend to agree that Drummond would have been a better pick than Waiters but he will fill a role for the Cavs. They are stockpiling young talent, not a bad place to be in.

    • erckle31 - May 23, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Seriously, they took Thompson and Waiters at the same spot and everyone was criticizing them for that…seems like they made a good choice in retrospect.

      Honestly, you can never know enough when it comes to the draft.

  4. money2long - May 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    some things will get clearer the more the prospects work out for teams.

  5. raiderinvader - May 23, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    why ?

  6. themagicfanguy - May 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    1.Noel 2.McLemore 3.Porter

    • sportsnut101 - May 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Either they take porter with number 1 or trade to hornets at 4 n take mclemore Maybe they take porter n trade theire next two picks n trade up with hornets. U know hornets just gonna draft a Carolina guy lol

    • cavsfan3 - May 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      1.Noel 2.Porter 3.anyone else 4.mclemore
      McLemore was non-existant in big games

  7. glink123 - May 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Interesting that there’s been almost no discussion about how weak the international player draft depth there is this year. Looks like that fad has finally run its course.

  8. ulaanbaatarscot - May 24, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    @glink Dennis Schoreder is a very solid guard from Germany. There is also 3 very good centres. Alex Len from Ukraine dominated Noel when Maryland played Kentucky. Jeff Withey is a good centre from New Zealand who is a very good defensive player and an improving offensive player. There is also a 7 foot 2 centre from France – Henry Gobert – with a 7 foot 9 wingspan. All these guys will be picked in the first round ,so while there may not be a top five talent the overall depth of talent is not that weak.

    • hbdbrowns33 - May 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      its Rudy Gobert where did you get Henry from ?

  9. unxpexted1 - May 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    yea surprisingly overseas seems to be where you can get a big man. All the big man prospects minus Noel are from overseas. Even Deng from UL may be drafted.

    would hate to see otto porter go to Cleveland even though he’d be a great fit. I need him on my wizards at three. Wall, Beal, Porter, Nene, and Okefor wouldn’t be bad. Porter seems to be the most NBA ready just not the highest potential.

  10. fanofbrowns17 - May 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Go with Porter and sign Greg Oden. Worth the risk.

  11. cavsfan3 - May 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Cavaliers offseason plans

    Current Roster

    PG-Kyrie Irving,
    SG-Dion Waiters, CJ Miles,
    SF-Alonzo Gee,
    PF-Tristan Thompson,Marreese Speights,
    C-Anderson Varejao, Tyler Zeller

    Current money at each position

    PG-5.9M
    SG-6.1M
    SF-3.3M
    PF-8.8M
    C-10.7M

    34.8M-total money

    Draft 2013

    Pick 1-Nerlens Noel (Center/Power Forward/Kentucky) 6’10” 206lbs
    Pick 19-Rudy Gobert(Center/Power Forward/France) 7’2″ 238lbs
    Pick 31-Deshaun Thomas(Small Forward/Ohio St.)6’7″ 220lbs
    Pick 33-Nate Wolters(Point Guard/S. Dakota St.) 6’5″ 196lbs

    Money used (According to 2012 pick salary)

    Pick 1-5.1M
    Pick 19-1.4M
    Pick 31-.6M
    Pick 33-.5M

    Total-7.6M

    Roster after draft

    PG-Kyrie Irving, Nate Wolters
    SG-Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles
    SF-Deshaun Thomas, Alozo Gee
    PF-Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao,Marreesse Speights
    C-Nerlens Noel, Rudy Gobert, Tyler Zeller

    Salary at Position-

    PG-6.4M
    SG-6.1M
    SF-3.9M
    PF-17.9M
    C-8.1M

    Total-42.4M

    Trades

    Cavs trade Anderson varejao and C.J. Miles to the bulls for Loul Deng, and 2014 first round pick.

    Roster after trade

    PG-Kyrie Irving, Nate Wolters,
    SG-Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee,
    SF-Loul Deng, Deshaun Thomas,
    PF-Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, Mareesee Speights
    C-Nerlens Noel, Rudy Gobert,

    Salary at positions after trade

    PG-6.4M
    SG-7.2M
    SF-13.9M
    PF-10.4M
    C-6.5M

    Total Salary-44.4M

    Free agency-

    Resign Wayne Ellington- 3.1M for one year.

    Resign Shaun Livingston 2.4M total for two years (1.2M base)

    Resign Luke Walton to 1 year 1.1M contract

    Sign Greg Oden 1 year 2.5M contract

    PG-Kyrie Irving, Nate Wolters, Shaun, Livingston
    SG-Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee, Wayne Ellington
    SF-Loul Deng, Deshaun Thomas, Luke Walton
    PF-Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, Marreese Speights
    C-Nerlens Noel, Rudy Gobert, Greg Oden

    Salaries after offseason

    PG-7.6M
    SG-10.3M
    SF-15M
    PF-10.4M
    C-9M

    Total team salary-52.3M

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