NBA Draft 2011: Cleveland Cavaliers Commit to Kyrie Irving
The Cleveland Cavaliers will take Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
ESPN's Ric Bucher confirms that, after weighing their options, the Cavaliers have committed to the Duke point guard:
In a perfect world for the Cavs, they would draft Irving and former Arizona forward Derrick Williams, which is why they were also interested in dealing for the second pick.
Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight and Turkish center Enes Kanter are still scheduled to work out for the Cavaliers today.
With Irving in the bank, the Cavaliers will likely take Kanter or Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas with the fourth pick.
Either Kanter or Valanciunas would be an upgrade over the current center platoon of Semih Erden and Ryan Hollins.
I've never understood the philosophy behind announcing a pick before you make it (though this may have been a leak). I would think it's in a team's best interest to let other teams jostle for position, perhaps making unnecessary trades in the process and tinkering with team chemistry.
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