2011 NBA Draft: Are the Cleveland Cavaliers Settled on Drafting Kyrie Irving?
For the last few weeks, NBA scouts and analysts alike have reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers were dead set on taking Kyrie Irving with the No.1 overall pick in Thursday night's draft.
But ESPN's Andy Katz reports today that, while the team likes Irving, they aren't fully committed to him just yet.
Earlier on Monday, league sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the Cavs had decided to take Irving with the top pick. But later Monday afternoon, a source close to the situation told Katz the team is still considering several scenarios.
In a perfect world for the Cavs, they would draft Irving and Williams, which is why they were also interested in dealing for the second pick. But they know getting both is a stretch.
Cleveland has brought in Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter, and Derrick Williams for workouts. This comes down to who Cleveland wants to pair up with their two draft choices.
If they are able to trade up to the No. 2 slot, the obvious pairing would be Irving and Williams together. But if they cannot make this happen then they will likely have to choose between one of the two prospects.
They could make the Irving-Kanter pairing or the Williams-Knight duo with the two draft picks if their super deal for the top two picks does not work.
We will see come draft night whether or not this was a smokescreen by Cleveland or genuine indecision.
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