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The Cleveland Cavaliers need Derrick Williams.
After LeBron James uttered the words, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach," a gaping hole was created at the small forward position that may never fully be filled.
Derrick Williams could at least slow the bleeding.
I do not see Williams becoming as dominant of a player as LeBron James, but I do think he is destined for 25 ppg seasons. Cleveland will have two draft picks that could both fall in the top five, but neither will matter if they cannot land Williams.
Look at it this way, with the exception of Dan Gilbert, everyone in Cleveland knows they are in a rebuilding process. Moving forward, they should keep Anderson Varejao, J.J. Hickson and Semih Erden. Besides those three, everyone else is expendable. If they can add a future All-Star like Derrick Williams and maybe land Kyrie Irving with their other top pick, the Cavaliers will have taken two massive steps in their rebuilding process.
The Cavaliers need the lottery to go their way and they have the highest percentage chance of landing the No. 1 pick. Having said that, expect a team like the Utah Jazz to sneak in leaving Cleveland with no other choice than to waste their draft pick on Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic.