Pick No. 3
Plan A: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, C
Noel is the top prospect on our board as the only one capable of changing the direction of a franchise. Instead of having to overpay for Anderson Varejao in a year, the Cavs can save that money for someone else and select Noel to replace him.
His athleticism and defensive tools would mesh well with Kyrie Irving and lineup needs, which include a source for easy buckets and a dominant interior presence.
Plan B: Otto Porter, Georgetown, SF/Anthony Bennett, UNLV, SF/PF
If Noel is off the board, the Cavs should be looking for a wing. Either Porter or Bennett works here, with Porter being the safer option and Bennett the high-risk, high-reward target.
Both of these guys could present frontcourt mismatches because of their versatility, which will also allow them to play alongside Tristan Thompson, a player the Cavs value.
Between Noel, Bennett or Porter, Cleveland should come away with a solid prospect who fits a need.
Pick No. 19 (via Lakers)
Potential Targets: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C/MasonPlumlee, Duke, C/Steven Adams, Pitt, C
If the Cavs land Nerlens Noel, then these targets go out the window. But in the likelihood they end up with either Porter or Bennett, one of these centers should be a target in the mid-to-late first round.
Plumlee is likely the best fit because of his ability to run the floor. Dieng works as a rim protector and Adams is more of a long-term project whose ceiling surpasses those of the others.
Potential Targets: Jamaal Franklin, SDSU, SF/Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece, SF/Tony Mitchell, N. Texas, SF/PF
If the Cavs end up with a big man at No. 3 overall, they should address the wing position next. Jamaal Franklin would be a great fit as a three-tool prospect who can score, rebound and defend.
Adetokunbo has generated serious buzz in Greece thanks to the upside he offers as a 6'9'' point forward.
Tony Mitchell is an explosive athlete who can play the 3 or the 4 and has loads of upside if he finds a niche.
Pick No. 31 (via Orlando) and Pick No. 33
Potential Targets: Shane Larkin, Miami, PG/Isaiah Canaan, Murray St., PG/Lorenzo Brown, NC St., PG/Myck Kabongo, Texas, PG
Cleveland could really use a backup for Kyrie Irving, and it'll have some options early in the second round. Any of these potential targets would offer value here.
Potential Targets: C.J. Leslie, NC St., SF/PF/Reggie Bullock, UNC, SF/Livio Jean-Charles, France, SF/PF
These are forwards who can put the ball in the hole. Jean-Charles could be a sneaky pick here, though his stock is on the rise and his availability this late will be in question.
Leslie's athleticism would be a pleasant addition up front, as would Bullock's shot-making and perimeter defense.