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Already talking Cavs roster rebuild through the 2012 draft: “So what are the Cavaliers’ chances of acquiring any of these prospects? Well, it’s incredibly speculative to say where the Cavs will end up drafting, seeing as how there may not even be a season, but we can assume certain things. For one, the Cavs will probably not make the playoffs. Also, they will probably end up drafting at the very least in the top 10 if not the top 5 or even number 1 overall again. If the Cavs do have the 1st or 2nd pick, they would most likely choose Harrison Barnes, the small forward out of UNC, but if they pick after him or Michael Gilchrist, another small forward out of Kentucky, then they would be in range of any of these three shooting guards.” [Patrick Elder/Fear the Sword]
Highlights from Browns family day: “Hillis’ role in the new offense will include catching more balls out of the backfield. In seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, McCoy found Hills on check downs and screens, but in red zone drills, the second-year quarterback has found a few security blankets in Moore, Ben Watson and Greg Little. Moore caught a couple touchdown passes in various drills on Saturday, one from McCoy and one from backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.” [Don Delco/The OBR]
Indians getting some national press: “As for this year, well not so much. After getting off to a 30-15 start this season, the Indians are 15 games under .500 since. And though they led the division for 96 days, they haven’t seen first place since July 20. That’s no reason to panic, though. Truth is, the Indians never really expected to contend this season. With an average age of just 27, Cleveland has the second-youngest team in the majors, and this summer was supposed to be one in which those prospects gained experience and confidence. The fact they’re still in the hunt is gravy at this point.” [Kevin Baxter/Los Angeles Times]
More on the emerging Greg Little: “As with most questions about this team, a lot of answers lie in the preseason. The new West Coast offense appears to be making some strides, but it only has one week of practices under its belt. As training camp moves along, a player like Greg Little will continue to improve, hopefully working towards solidifying his role as the number one receiver.
The most important thing for the Browns offense is to find a go-to receiver who can open up the defense, something the team hasn’t had since Braylon Edwards. Once that happens, it’ll be a lot easier to feel confident about the Browns’ future.” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily]
Browns taking their time with Montario or is something wrong? “The biggest mystery of Cleveland Browns training camp thus far? It could be, ‘what is going on with Montario Hardesty?’ We thought he was fine, but the coaching staff has held him out of all contact drills, and he’s really not even doing anything besides standing on the sidelines. Some have speculated that Hardesty is hurt again and the team is hiding something, but the second-year running back and head coach Pat Shurmur are saying otherwise.
When asked about when Hardesty will see the field with the rest of the players, Shurmur said, ‘We’re hoping to get him out there next week at some point.’” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]