Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Draft Rumors: Are Knight and Kanter Both Headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Dan BodnerCorrespondent IJune 20, 2011

Momentum is starting to pick up around the idea that both Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight could end up in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. In order for this to happen, Cleveland would have to select Kanter with the No. 1 pick and Knight with the No. 4 pick.

So, could Kanter really go No. 1 overall?

According to his agent, yes.

The Cavaliers are bringing both Kanter and Knight in for another workout today. Kanter's agent takes that to mean that they are still interested in possibly taking him with the No. 1 pick.

The impression is that the Cavaliers really like Kanter, and either like Knight over Kyrie Irving, or believe that the difference between the two is negligible. If this is the case, then it would allow them the opportunity to draft both Kanter and Knight if they stand pat with the No. 1 and No. 4 selections.

If the Cavaliers decide to pull the trigger on Kanter at No. 1, then Derrick Williams will likely go No. 2 to the Timberwolves

Now, every indication has been that the Utah Jazz would select Knight with the No. 3 pick, but with Irving now landing in their laps, it is hard to imagine them passing him up. This would then open the door for the Cavaliers to select Knight at No. 4.

While this scenario is a legitimate possibility, it is by no means a certainty. Even if Cleveland passes on Irving, they could still opt for Williams at No. 1 and take the best player available with their next selection.

Of course, there have also been rumblings that the Cavaliers may be willing to trade up with Minnesota to acquire the No. 2 pick. Although unlikely due to the price, it would most likely mean that the management had set their sights on drafting both Irving and Williams.

Ultimately, the decision lies on the shoulders of Knight. If he impresses the Cavaliers enough in this final workout, then the team may decide to opt for Kanter at No. 1 and settle with Knight at No. 4. 

Otherwise, Cleveland will likely end up with a pairing of Kanter and Irving, which ultimately begs the question—how can they go wrong?

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