2013 NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Likely to Keep Number One Pick

By Ryan Heckman


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The Cleveland Cavaliers, like many teams at the moment, have tossed around the idea of moving their first round pick. Of course, for the Cavaliers, it’s a bit different when you own the first overall selection in the NBA Draft.

There have been rumors of the Cavs dealing the pick, most recently to the Minnesota Timberwolves. No real substance has been revealed about the talks, but the fact they are considering it makes absolutely no sense – at least, to me.

With point guard Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, the Cavs are best to keep the pick and grab Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. Wasn’t that the plan all along?

Well, Cleveland is also said to be very interested in Maryland center Alex Len who is rising up the draft boards at a fast pace lately. While Len has a lot of potential as an NBA center, Noel is the guy you have to go with at number on overall.

The most recent reports suggest that Cleveland will keep the pick – for now. Who will they select, though? That’s another question. They appear to be evaluating all options still, but one guy I can tell you for sure won’t be picked at the top is Kansas guard Ben McLemore.

McLemore’s workouts lately have been subpar and he has been reported to not have really prepared a whole lot for them. Teams including the Cavs and most recently the Orlando Magic are known to be less and less interested in McLemore as the Draft approaches.

What we do know, again at the moment, is that Cleveland seems to be set with staying at number one. That tells me that they haven’t particularly heard a deal they like enough to move and that Noel is now six days away from joining the Cavs.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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