In years past with General Manager Christ Grant, we may have tried to get ahead of ourselves by reaching for a player much earlier than their projected placement in the draft. But that doesn’t look to be the case now, as new GM David Griffin seems to think differently. Instead, Griffin selected the highest projected player in the draft (after kicking the tires on some offers from Philadelphia). I think it was the right decision, and that right now we need to take the best player available and figure out who to move afterwards. First round pick Andrew Wiggins brings a shutdown defensive game. And it will be interesting to see how Wiggins will fare in coach David Blatt’s system.
At the early stages of round two, the Cavaliers selected shooting guard Joe Harris, a sniper from the University of Virginia. Harris will likely compete with Sergey Karasev, last year’s second round pick, for some bench three pointers during the season. Should C.J. Miles choose to test the free agent waters, some depth at guard would be appreciated.
By the time of the draft, current incumbent Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love was singing a different tune about joining the Cavaliers team. Love was once skeptical of coming here, stating he would only do so if LeBron James came here first. Which leaves me curious to know if James is thinking the same thing in reverse: he would only come to Cleveland if the Cavaliers acquired Love first.
Regardless of how you feel about these two players (i.e. whether or not they should come to Cleveland) it’s refreshing to see that we have regained some attraction for big name free agents with the drafting of Wiggins. Small market teams have it unbearably rough when it comes to attracting and keeping star players. By acquiring Wiggins, we may have an edge over the other non-major market teams. Had we went out of our way to pick someone such as Joel Embiid, Philadelphia’s selection, we may not have had much appeal to Love and James.
Late in the night of the draft, news broke that Alonzo Gee had been shipped to the Charlotte Hornets for Brendan Haywood and Dwight Powell. As sad as I was to see Gee go, (you can read my thoughts on that here) there are some pluses from this trade:
· Gee was a defensive specialist, but as I already mentioned, Wiggins brings a shutdown defensive game to the table.
· If Cavs center Spencer Hawes is not resigned, Gee trade acquisition Brendan Haywood is solid depth at center. Haywood and Tyler Zeller would be just fine as our our guys at the center position.
· The other Gee trade acquisition, Dwight Powell, is from the 2014 Draft, therefore a young prospect, and you can never have enough of those lying within your talent pool. (Also. Powell is Canadian, which brings our Canadian roster count to four with Powell, Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson, and now Andrew Wiggins.)
This is going to be the busiest offseason in the NBA since 2010. I feel that Cleveland started it off on the right track. Much more is to be seen, like if Dion Waiters can gel with Kyrie Irving, if Spencer Hawes and/or Luol Deng will stay with the Cavaliers, and, of course, where all of the big name free agents will end up. We will cross those bridges when the time comes, but for now, let us welcome our new Cavaliers to Cleveland.