April 19, 2014

Report: Otto Porter under consideration for first pick

While we now know the Cavaliers have the top pick in this year’s draft, we still have to wait until June 27 to find out what they do with the pick. While most pundits and analysts have Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel circled in as the pick, we know from experience that Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant doesn’t make his picks based on what the “consensus” says is the right move.

With that being said, and with so many options in front of the Cavaliers, expect to hear a lot of rumors about different scenarios, trades, players, etc being considered with the first pick. So it’s not surprising then that the Washington Post’s Michael Lee is hearing Otto Porter’s name being brought up:

Porter is currently preparing for the June 27 NBA draft at McDonough gym at Georgetown and will likely work out for the top three or four teams in the lottery. At 6-feet-8 and with a 7-1 wingspan, Porter stands out as an obvious choice at No. 3 for Washington. He would fill a need small forward, has local ties and a skill set that would mesh well with Wall and Beal.

But there is a possibility that Porter, arguably the most NBA-ready player among the top prospects, might not be around when the Wizards pick third. A source with knowledge of the Cavaliers’ thinking said Porter is under consideration to go No. 1.

We all know the Cavaliers want to trade this pick if possible. They also know Washington wants Porter. So it makes sense to float Porter’s name out there as the guy you want to pick. Ideally this would motivate teams to want to make trades to position themselves better to get the player they want. So yes, Otto Porter is “under consideration” with the top pick. Along with a lot of other players.

[Related: Dan and Nick Gilbert continue to defy the odds]

  • @TheDeePagel

    I’m not too sure this is just a smoke screen. Yes, I agree that floating this news as the post suggests could increase trade activity, but I also think that the Cavs cherish Porter as a choice, and have cherished him for a long time. They are now in self-convincing mode….Noel is the obvious #1, but they are having talks saying, “why can’t we just take Porter if we really like him”…..this is legit, in my opinion.

  • mgbode

    “Noel is the obvious #1″

    I’m not sure it’s so obvious, which is what helps these rumors and our trade options. The one thing we have going for us is that Orlando/Washington may fall in love with a player and get worried we will take said player.

    Rumors to come soon:

    Cavs also considering Noel, Burke, MCW, McLemore, Bennett, Len, Zeller, Oladipo, Shabazz, McCollum, and Gobert.

    Cavs considering trading down with Orlando, Washington, Sacramento, Charlotte, Phoenix, New Orleans.

    Cavs considering trading the pick for a veteran player from any number of teams.

    Cavs considering drafting Wiggins and taking the NBA to court to force it to be allowed.

  • TSR3000

    I want Noel and Porter. Someone make this happen.

  • Harv 21

    … because past years’ “inside scoops” into Grant’s thinking have proven remarkably accurate. Dude just can’t shut his trap this time of year. And pay no attention to Zydrunas coming back through customs with a locked valise and a passport lousy with recent Euro stamps.

  • BenRM

    I’m on board with the Wiggins scheme. Gilbert made casinos in Ohio happen, he can get this done no problem.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I heard/read that Washington liked Porter and he does make sense for them when you look at their team. I also heard Sam Amico float a trade with the same Wizards of their #3, a first next and Nene for the Cavaliers #1. I’d make that deal.

  • Steve

    Trade Irving. Otherwise you don’t have the ammo.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    People are going to create a monster with this Wiggins kid. LeBron took heat and now here go people trying to create the next big thing.

  • Steve

    Amico’s floating of a rumor usually means it has long past sunk. Besides, is there any way you see Washington do that? Aren’t they in the same position as we were expecting to be? Sitting at #3, more than happy to take whoever falls between Porter and Noel?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m down with “Noel is obviously not #1″ and pretty much all of the rest except Wiggins. I liked Rick’s idea of talking to Dallas about #13 as well. I also saw you mention taking Marion off the Mavericks hands. That’s not a bad incentive either. I saw on SI.COM that Dallas was potentially interested in trading for both Howard and Paul. Not sure how that’d work.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    A rumor is a rumor is a rumor it’s just fun to discuss and dissect you take everything entirely to literal around here. Who knows what Washington is thinking honestly I could care less especially if the Cavaliers could get one in over them.

  • mgbode

    the SI article was stating that they would pursue Paul if they couldn’t get Dwight (or they might pursue both). I don’t believe it’s possible for them to get both with Dirk’s contract on the books (unless those 2 took substantially less money than they can demand).

  • mgbode

    well, that LeBron kid lived up to the hype, no?

  • Steve

    If there’s a rumor, its fun to dissect, but important to note where it comes from. And unfortunately in thinking about a trade with Washington, we have to consider what Washington will want to do. If you don’t like that, well I figure we can discuss trading a second rounder to get Lebron back.

  • arnold_palmer

    You forgot a rumor:

    Cavs consider trading the pick to Miami for Lebron

  • mgbode

    no need. he’s rumored to be “guaranteed” to opt out and join us next summer. why pay a pick for it?

  • @TheDeePagel

    we’ve got a whole truck load of future #1′s we can offer a team this year in a down draft to do it without trading Irving.

    When you add Thompson to those it can be done.

  • mgbode

    is Noel better than Rudy Gobert? are we sure we won’t be taking him #1 overall?

    the more I find stuff on Gobert, the more I like him. tough to evaluate Euro prospects fully, but he’s got the measurables and intensity of Noel but without the baggage (weight and injury issues).

  • Natedawg86

    CLE trade with Cha
    Cha gets #1, #19, #31
    CLE gets #4, 2014 #1 unprotected
    Cle drafts porter/len and gets a top 2 pick next year

  • bridgecrosser

    Noel seems like a good kid and decent prospect. He also weighs 205 Lbs – and has had a major knee op. I am of modest athletic build, I am 6-1/185. He has 20 lbs on me.

    He needs to add 40-50 lbs. You add more than 10-15 a year, things are going to start snapping. So you are looking at 4 years before you really know what you have.

    If you take Noel, you are getting a 3-4 year prospect before you even know what you have. To me, that carries a lot of risk.

  • steve-o

    A week ago most of us we’re just hoping for the chance to draft Otto, and now that we can have anyone we want, he may not be good enough for us any more.

  • Steve

    Do you expect any of those to pick higher than #3, or be in a position to get a guy as good as Porter?

    Sure, you can offer up the rest of the franchise besides Irving and this year’s #1. Either way, I don’t think you can afford it and still keep a competitive roster.

  • FnNate

    In that scenario Natedawg, Porter is gone to Washington at 3 though :(