2007 – Draft Pick No. N/A
Drafted: N/A (Jiri Welsch Trade)
Drafted: N/A (Drew Gooden Trade)
Since the team didn’t have a pick in 2007, there can’t be a re-draft. Yet, if there was a pick it would’ve gone to Rudy Fernandez. The perfect compliment for LeBron James. He’s quick, agile, could cut to the rim and force defenders to crash on him or he could stay at the top of the key and wait for a dish from James for three points.
Sure Fernandez didn’t pan out in the NBA with the Trailblazers but that was more due to him having to deal with lineups that just had too many other talents at his position. With the Cavs, especially in 2007, that’s not a real issue. Larry Hughes was on his last legs with the team, and the very next year Fernandez could’ve been in a starters spot, playing regular minutes.
Why didn’t the team have a first-round pick in 2007? Well, the team traded that pick to the Boston Celtics for Jiri Welsch for the last half of the 2005 season. The Cavs turned and traded him for a 2006 second-round pick. Talk about diminishing returns.
Welsch was one of the worst trades in Cavaliers history and did absolutely nothing for the club in any real, tangible way. The second-round pick, like so many others before it, ended up being used on someone who never played any official minutes for the NBA.