In less than two hours, NBA commissioner will walk to the podium at the NBA Draft taking place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. For the last time in his career, he will say,
With the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select…
What will follow that opening statement? Nobody knows.
Cleveland has been undecided about what to do with the No.1 pick in this years draft from the day that they won the NBA Lottery for the second time in three years.
Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, and Anthony Bennett have all been labeled as potential targets by the organization. Noel and Len have been rumored as most likely, but only one thing is certain: there is no clear-cut No.1 pick in this year’s draft.
Dan Gilbert and company have been dangling the first overall selection in front of teams to try to land an All-Star big man to pair up with Kyrie Irving. The Cavs have offered deals to both the Portland Trailblazers and Minnesota Timberwolves, offering the No.1 pick, Dion Waiters, and Tristan Thompson in exchange for Kevin Love. LaMarcus Aldridge was the centerpiece of the potential Portland deal. Both were declined.
It still remains a possibility, however, that if Cleveland does select someone with the first pick, that they will try to package that player.