Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been pretty adamant about his team making a playoff push this year, according to Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld, and that's unlikely to happen without getting a player who can contribute.
Based on the buzz surrounding the draft, the Cavs just don't seem sold on drafting Nerlens Noel No. 1. There was even speculation that they would be looking to trade the pick mere moments after learning they had it.
Though Cleveland drafted Dion Waiters last season to fill a need at shooting guard, that may not stop the team from taking the most talented offensive player on the board, regardless of his position. We've seen how many teams have gotten burned in the past for passing on a player because his position was already occupied.
Cavaliers insider Sam Amico wrote a column for Fox Sports Ohio this week detailing Cleveland's potential interest in Ben McLemore:
"According to FOX Sports Ohio sources, abundant discussions are taking place in the Cavs’ front office about the possibility of drafting McLemore, and how things might unfold if he indeed became the pick."
I'm not so sure it's the Cavaliers' love for McLemore as it is their hesitance with Noel. Gilbert surely doesn't want to risk wasting a No. 1 overall pick.
If the Cavaliers do trade their pick, my money is on it going to a team that's targeting McLemore. Minnesota, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN, has been rumored to be interested in moving up, as it's a team in need of an athletic 2-guard. Amico also wrote about the Cavs looking to target Danny Granger of the Pacers, a team that could use McLemore if it decided to move into the top spot.