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Maybe the Cavaliers aren’t leaning toward Andrew Wiggins, after all

May 22, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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Yesterday, we relayed a report from Chad Ford of ESPN that the Cavaliers considered Andrew Wiggins their likely selection at No. 1 in the draft:

sources in Cleveland say that Wiggins is the likely choice.

Ford is typically a reliable reporter, but so is ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who wrote:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have 7-footer Joel Embiid at the top of their draft board

And so is Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

So what gives?If you want to split hairs, you could argue Chris Grant was the Cavaliers’ general manager “much of the season.” So, it might not matter which prospect topped Cleveland’s board “much of the season” now that David Griffin is in charge.

Most likely, the Cavs are sending out different spin as misdirection. Ideally, reporters are skilled in vetting their sources and knowing whom to trust, but that’s not always easy.

Trust this: You will hear more reports about the Cavaliers’ plan between now and June 26. Some of those reports will contradict each other. It’s up to you to determine whom you trust.

  1. spursareold - May 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    This happens EVERY year. Team A with the #1 pick puts out disinformation to try to get Team B one or two picks down to geek, and give them something to trade down so that Team B can get the player they want, who is a player that Team A has no interest in at all.

  2. campcouch - May 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Words escape me.

  3. 00maltliquor - May 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    2014 Oden and Durant

  4. rrhoe - May 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Cleveland can blow all the smoke they want,but something tells me they are gonna screw this up like only they can.

    • oldschool800 - May 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Doesnt really matter who they take. They will be else where after 3 years. Dan Gilbert is a clown

    • 2phatt2 - May 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      You are 100% on point, this toilet bowl organization will never win.

    • 2phatt2 - May 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Antony Bennett

  5. cantonb0und13 - May 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Knowing that it’s Cleveland, they probably want Doug McDermott.

    • cantonbound13 - May 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Would that be a bad pick because he’s white? Not only are you immature & a coward, you’re also a racist.

      • 00maltliquor - May 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Whaaat??? How’d you get that from that comment? That’s a reach that even Shawn Bradley would be jealous of!

      • barbarogarbey - May 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        It would be a bad pick because he is 6’6″ and not quick enough to stay in front of NBA 3s on defense. He can score enough to play in the NBA, but to take him with the number 1 pick in this pick would be idiotic, since you could trade down many spots and still get him.

      • oldschool800 - May 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        It’d be a bad pick cause he’ll be in the D League by mid-season. So yep, makes perfect sense for Cleveland

  6. fanofthegame79 - May 22, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I was saying this yesterday: Cavs should go for Parker or Embiid over Wiggins. When you have Kyrie Irving, you want someone who can play off of the ball and I’m not sure if Wiggins is that player. However, both Embiid and Parker would complement Irving better.

    • campcouch - May 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Brad Daugherty,LeBron James,Kyrie Irving,all pretty good number 1 picks. Yeah,they chose Bennett last year but the end game to that is yet to be seen. So,exactly what makes it seem like Cleveland will mess up the pick. Oh ” because it’s Cleveland”. I hope the Pelicans make the playoffs next year or Anthony Davis will be considered a bad pick and he should probably force a trade. No idea how it being Cleveland means anything.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        I’m not sure if you were responding to me, but I said nothing about it being Cleveland so it must be a bad pick. I simply said that if I were in the Cavs’ front office, I would be looking at Parker and Embiid before Wiggins.

      • oldschool800 - May 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Its not just #1 picks. They just dont draft well. Tristan Thompson at 4 was a bad pick, albeit a very weakdraft, and Waiters at 4 the following year was even worse. A lot of really good players were available. Drummond, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard (I know hes a PG, but hes dynamic enough to be on the court at any position) They really need to hit on this pick is all Im saying. They can’t take Embiid in my opinion. Hes a project guy. They already blew a #1 last year on a project guy when Oladipo was right there for them. Imagine Kylie, Oladipo, and a guy like Wiggins all playing together. It could of happened if they could draft worth a damn

      • campcouch - May 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Sorry fan,the page loaded slowly and I clicked the wrong reply.

  7. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    “We’re going to take whoever you want to take if you had 1st pick” from now until the draft

  8. Kevin S. - May 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    It’s all a smokescreen to distract people from their real #1 target, Gary Harris.

  9. sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Maybe they aren’t leaning towards Wiggins you say?

    The issue we all have here is that when “sources say the Cavs are leaning towards Wiggins”, those sources might be INTENTIONALLY trying to mislead folks…

    it happens, every year, in the NFL too.

    So an article about the player the Cavs are leaning towards is worthless as the teams KNOW, writers KNOW and the fans KNOW that what is said about this topic (who a team is considering BEFORE the draft takes place) CANNOT be trusted.

    It does NOT matter whether a source from a team says it or not as that is the point of deception.

    likewise, an article saying that now maybe they aren’t leaning towards selecting him is also baseless of any merit as the info is also NOT reliable.

    Now, articles about who a team SHOULD take are worthwhile and fun to read and comment about…

    but not articles that say “team X is leaning towards player Y” because of how many teams intentionally put misleading info out there… (or team A is no longer leaning towards choosing player B)

  10. southbeachtalent - May 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I feel bad for whoever the Cavs are leaning towards..

    • oldschool800 - May 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      I know right. Supposed to be the greatest moment of their lives, and Cleveland comes a knockin!!!! LoL. Could be worse, could be the guy Milwaukee is leaning toward. I can see it now.
      Adam Silver- with the second pick, the Milwaukee Bucks select Joel Embiid
      Joel Embiid- What’s a Milwaukee?

      • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        a Milwaukee is where that chick is, at least some of the time… but she’s off to college somewhere though…

  11. ravenswhat - May 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Parker is by far the safest pick in this draft. He is Paul Pierce.

  12. zukny1 - May 22, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I’ll just keep praying Wiggins falls to my sixers at number 3

    • tfoz5150 - May 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Or you trade both your picks for #1.

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