Cavaliers keeping an open mind on what to do with top pick…
Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has revealed that he immediately started receiving calls from other teams to discuss the No.1 overall pick.
Griffin revealed that he was still talking to the media on stage after the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday and his phone was going off with teams reaching out to him.
It is the second straight year and the third time in the last four years that the Cavaliers have won the No.1 pick in the draft having already selected Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Anthony Bennett last year.
However, this time round they moved up from the ninth spot despite just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top selection, and vice chairman Jeff Cohen described their luck as “surreal”.
“I actually got calls right afterward, while I was standing there doing media,” Griffin said Wednesday during an interview on ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show.”
“Teams were already reaching out and texting, so I think it will be an active period of time.”
Speculation has already begun over who the Cavaliers will select with their top pick overall, with the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid widely recognised as the top prospects in their class.
However, Griffin has also left the door open on a possible trade deal for the pick provided that he can bring in a top name to pair with Irving and the other young pieces that the franchise already has on its roster.
The NBA Draft takes place on June 26 and it is expected that there will be a significant amount of discussions between now and then between the Cavaliers front office and those from around the league.