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Report: Cavaliers ‘have completely overvalued’ No. 1 pick in trade talks

Jun 19, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert

Nerlens Noel would be a worthy No. 1 pick in many drafts if it weren’t for his ACL tear. His athleticism and defensive skills draw rave reviews from both traditional scouts and number crunchers. There’s safety in a consensus positive opinion, and Noel provides that on the court.

But his ACL tear and the possibility he won’t play until Christmas (or later), won’t regain his athleticism and won’t avoid future injuries means Noel’s value as a prospect is significantly diminished.

It’s reached the point experts, perhaps including some within the Cavaliers organization, have advocated Cleveland use or consider using the No. 1 pick on Alex Len, Otto Porter, Ben McLemore, Anthony Bennett, Trey Burke or Victor Oladipo. In this draft, the top pick might not be much better than the No. 5 pick, so it makes sense the Cavaliers would want to trade down. They’ve also expressed a desire to make the playoffs next year, so maybe the want to just trade out of the draft for a veteran.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

Cleveland continues to aggressively shop this pick, according to sources, but one executive said the Cavs “have completely overvalued it.” It’s looking more and more like Cleveland will keep the pick

The draft is far enough away – eight days – that the Cavaliers can still posture as if this No. 1 pick is as valuable as a typical No. 1 pick. Maybe they find another team that believes that and can swing a trade.

If the Cavaliers are serious about making a trade, they can always lower their asking price later. Or maybe they just really like one of those prospects and are asking for what it would legitimately take for them to forgo the opportunity to pick him.

  1. JMClarkent - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I think that they are smart. Try to milk it until crunchtime, then either grab the best offer or best player on the board.

  2. lmoneyfresh - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Why wouldn’t they try to overvalue the pick initially? Do you go into a negotiation with your lowest figure first? Of course not. You aim high and come down to a realistic level.

  3. doubledown44 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I have to concur with the commenters above. The alternative is to do what Dallas is doing with the 13th pick. Everyone knows it’s readily available, so you can imagine the low-ball offers they have been getting.

  4. stephenolszewski - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    It sucks their isnt a clear cut player, just bracing myself for The Cavs pick to be honest because I don’t know who they’re going to take

    • dysraw1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      yep this draft is a tricky one

  5. bifford - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Dan Gilbert being an idiot, haven’t seen that before.

  6. godsmacked1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    I hope they don’t take Noel, aka Greg Oden.

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