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The Cleveland Cavaliers ended up making the long-term move by selecting Kansas small forward Andrew Wiggins Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Jabari Parker may have gotten new coach David Blatt 17 or 18 points from the start, but Wiggins’ potential is seemingly endless.
There were lots of rumors about what general manager David Griffin was going to do with the pick, but Cleveland hung on and got its man. Teams looking to move up to No. 1 were apparently only willing to surrender draft picks and solid veterans. No established, elite talent was on the table.
Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico put it pretty eloquently when he wrote about Wiggins’ star power being too good to pass up.
“Solid veterans get you nowhere without at least one superstar. This ain’t ‘Hoosiers’, this is the NBA. It’s built on star power.”
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) June 27, 2014
• The Cavs traded Alonzo Gee and acquired center Brendan Haywood and 6-11 power forward Dwight Powell . Gee has a great story rising from the D-League, but if he’s playing significant minutes at small forward, your roster isn’t in great shape. He played sparingly after Luol Deng was acquired last season.
• Factory of Sadness reported earlier in the week that if no Ohio State player was drafted, it would mark the first time since 2006 that Buckeyes were boxed out of the NBA Draft.
Unfortunately, that tidbit became true when Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross didn’t hear their names called. It’s not a surprise Craft wasn’t picked, as his draft status was always in question, but Ross’ stock was constantly floating up and down in the second round leading up to draft night.
Not the end of me just watch!!
— LaQuinton Ross (@qross2011) June 27, 2014
Both players should be on a Summer League roster near you. It’s been reported Craft was receiving interest from the Pacers, Raptors and Spurs, while Ross was being looked at by the Hawks, Thunder and Grizzlies.
Other Interesting Reads:
• Indians Opening Day starter Justin Masterson has apparently been dealing with a nagging knee injury since his second start of the season.
• As baseball remembers Tony Gwynn, Masterson talked about playing for Mr. Padre for one season at San Diego State University.
• In Browns’ Town, Zak Gilbert resigned as director of communications.