Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
How about this for a game plan: Cleveland selects Nerlens Noel at No. 1 and allows him to rest, rehab, add strength and develop.
Worst comes to worst, the Cavaliers stink for one more season. But this time, there's a huge reward waiting in the 2014 draft. Actually, there's a couple of huge rewards.
Though it's a somewhat controversial thought process, taking Nerlens Noel could allow Cleveland to stink once again and put it in position to land a franchise-changing player. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle are all incoming freshman with superstar upsides.
Given Dan Gilbert's son's track record, the Cavs might want to test their luck with the lottery one last time.
How about a lineup in 2014-15 that starts Kyrie Irving in his prime, Dion Waiters, Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson and a stronger and healthier Nerlens Noel?
Now that's a lineup Cleveland would be proud of. And all it would take is one more year of patience.