The 2014 NBA Draft is only one day away, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock. There has been a lot of rumors and speculation surrounding the Cavaliers, saying that Cleveland might not keep the pick.
If they do decide to keep the pick, the choice is either between Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. Deciding that those two players will go in the first two picks in the draft is an easy decision. However, deciding which one to take seems to be more difficult, especially for the Cavaliers front office.
In a report from ESPN Insider, Chad Ford, the Cavaliers front office is split on who to select. Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, believes that Cleveland should draft Wiggins after he had a fantastic workout with them last week. However, the rest of the Cavaliers front office is wanting to draft Parker over Wiggins, despite the poor workout that he had with them.
Gilbert may not want to let the other members of the front office make the decision. Last year when the Cavaliers had the number one pick, Gilbert let the front office and head coach Mike Brown make the decision to draft Anthony Bennett. After the rookie had an absolutely terrible rookie season, Gilbert could seem to want to overrule the rest of the front office this year, in hopes that they don’t make a repeat mistake.
The Cavaliers have received offers from all around the league wanting to acquire the top pick. With players like Wiggins and Parker that could change the future of your franchise, why would you want to trade away that pick? For Cleveland, it is very simple. They believe strongly that they can convince LeBron James to come back to his home state. After opting out of the last year of his contract with the Miami Heat, James will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, and the Cavaliers are wanting to keep his position open on the roster to try and convince him to come back.
Before the foot injury, the Cavaliers were rumored to have decided that they were going to select Joel Embiid, the center from Kansas. After the injury to his foot that required surgery and could potentially sideline him for his entire rookie season, the Cavaliers were rumored to be leaning strongly towards Parker. A workout can change things quickly if it doesn’t go right. According to a source close to the situation, he had this to say concerning the two young players.
You can’t base everything on one one-on-none workout, but Wiggins was great and Jabari wasn’t. It makes an impact. It makes you go back and reassess everything you saw during the year.
Due to what happened last year, it could be very possible that Gilbert decides to make the decision himself. If that is the case, when commissioner Adam Silver approaches the podium on Thursday night to reveal the Cleveland Cavaliers first pick, there is a very good chance that the name that comes out of his mouth is Andrew Wiggins.