Cleveland Cavaliers: The Biggest Losers of The NBA Draft

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  NBA Commisioner David Stern speaks at the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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By no means did the Cleveland Cavaliers have a successful draft night Thursday night.

They came up lame on reports that they were attempting to buy into the draft, and on a night in which their rivals in the race to woo LeBron made huge moves to lure him away, the draft night flop was no good for the Cavs chances.

The Cavaliers have one large hole to fill in the off-season. With two old (and probably retiring or not being resigned) centers on the team in the previous season, it is evident that the Cavs are in need of a big man.

They have a handful of power forwards on the roster in Anderson Varejao, Antawn Jamison, JJ Hickson, and Leon Powe that have filled in under the hoop at times, but none are true centers, nor could they be.

While this was not one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, there was a rather large number of centers and big men with potential in this draft.

While I am not out there enough to think that they could have bought in high enough to get Demarcus Cousins or steal Cole Aldrich, there are a number of bigs they could have snagged.

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Eight centers were taken in the second round, all of them 6-10 or taller, along with shot blocking machine Jarvis Varnado listed as a 6-10 power forward.

While it is true that a number of these bigs are unproven, especially the likes of Tibor Pleiss of Germany, Paulao Prestes of Brazil, and (award winner for coolest name in this years draft) Magnum Rolle of Louisiana Tech, it is also true that you can't teach tall.

There were also a number of bigs who have proven themselves that were well within reach of the Cavs brass. Hassan Whiteside, a seven-footer with an enormous 7-7 wingspan was taken at 33rd, and 7-1 Solomon Alabi was taken 50th.

The Cavs could have been just a few million dollars in salary cap relief to any of the teams drafting early in the second round away from nabbing a badly needed big.

Now, the biggest thing that hurt the Cavs on Thursday night was not their lack of moves, but the moves of the other teams in the LeBron hunt.

Both the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls ducked even further under next year's salary cap in order to improve their chances to sign multiple free agents.

The Miami Heat, after shipping Daequon Cook to Oklahoma City, now only have two players, Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley, under contract for the 2010-11 season.

The Chicago Bulls tentatively sent Kirk Hinrich to the Washington Wizards to free up enough space to sign two maximum deal free agents. And as long as the Wiz don't back out, that bodes huge problems for the Cavs in their bid for 'Bron 'Bron.

If the Bulls do end up with the space, which is entirely likely, they could offer LeBron the ability to play with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and another big FA such as Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, or Amare Stoudemire.

There is no you you could convince me that that would be an extremely intriguing offer.

So, with Free Agent D-Day less than five days away, the Cavs should be very nervous about their prospects of resigning the King of Cleveland, because at this point their biggest hope of his return to Northeast Ohio is that his love for Cleveland is bigger than his desire to play for a juggernaut.