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Reports on draft day indicated that the Cavaliers were down to deciding between taking Alex Len and Nerlens Noel with the first pick, but now that the smoke has cleared it appears the Cavs’ choice was in fact between Len, Ben McLemore, and Anthony Bennett.
According to Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer, Noel was not one of the final players Chirs Grant and his staff came close to taking with the first overall selection of last Thursday’s draft.
“I’ve heard the Cavs’ final three choices at No. 1 were Ben McLemore, Len and Bennett.” said Pluto in his Friday column.
Chris Grant had been notorious in the previous years for keeping his hand close to the vest leading up the draft, selecting Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters much to the surprise of everyone in the media, and this year proved no different with the selection of Bennett.
All the reports that the Cavs were desperate for a center in the draft have gone by the wayside as the team came away from Thursday still with Tyler Zeller and Andy Varejao as the only options on the roster at the position.
With the Cavs choosing between McLemore, Len, and Bennett it’s apparent the team was looking to draft the best player available as opposed to drafting based off of need.
[Related: Saturday Six Pack: Reasons to love Anthony Bennett]
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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting the Cavs’ Marreese Speights has opted out of the last year of his contract and will test free agency.
Marreese Speights has declined player option with Cleveland and will become a free agent, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2013
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How many basketball fans in Cleveland could have seen the Cavaliers taking UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft Thursday night? The Cavaliers surprised a lot of people with the pick and with all the trade talks before the 2013 NBA draft took place. The Cleveland Cavaliers made history in this years draft by taking Bennett with the number...
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The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked much of the NBA world by passing on the likes of Nerlens Noel for UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick. Bennett, who had a very nice run during his year in Las Vegas was projected to be a top 10 pick by many draft experts however no one [...]
Grading the draft is pointless and we won’t know for sure about anything for at least two or three… blah blah. Yes. We all know that grades thrown on a draft or a draft pick have nothing to do with what they end up accomplishing. I for one still want to hear opinions.
So here is a quick look around the internet to see what some national pundits are saying about Cleveland’s...
Anthony Bennett has been officially introduced by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected the UNLV power forward with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
Although he wasn't regarded by many draft experts as the best player available, Bennett was always at the top of Cleveland's board. The Cavs listened to several trade offers before finalizing their decision...
The Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Bennett and how he fits with Cleveland:
Strengths: Bennett showed versatility in playing out of position as a center for part of his freshman season at UNLV. At his best, though, Bennett views himself as a stretch power forward because of his ability as a ball handler and...
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“We should have known the Cavs would pull something like this. They did it with Tristan Thompson two years ago and again with Dion Waiters last year. They also did...
Outside of the Cleveland Cavaliers taking Anthony Bennett with the first pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, the most surprising selection of the first round was the Charlotte Bobcats selecting Cody Zeller with their fourth pick.
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Pick 1: Anthony Bennett- F- UNLV
- Bennett is one of the top prospects in this draft. He is a monster athlete, who can score inside and out and can rebound at a high level, despite his lack of height. However, he plays the same position as Tristan Thompson, another franchise cornerstone, who...
Nerlens Noel was long considered a probable first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but instead fell all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans' at No. 6. The Pelicans will trade the draft rights to Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The difference in the rookie salary scale between being the first overall pick and the sixth is immense.
Anthony Bennett will earn $4,436,900 in...
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Kirk: So, Andrew...
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For three years, the Cleveland
Cavaliers have been trying to placate their fanbase with talk of cap
flexibility and stockpiled draft assets. The wins weren't coming, but the
future was bright, according to the brass.
Now that the 2013 NBA Draft has
ended with another unorthodox selection by GM Chris Grant, it's safe to assume that...