April 20, 2014

NBA Draft News: Russian Sergey Karasev not holding workouts for NBA teams

Yesterday ESPN’s Chad Ford released his NBA Mock Draft 4.0. In it, he had the Cleveland Cavaliers drafting Nerlens Noel with the #1 overall pick. For the Cavaliers’ 2nd first-round pick at #19 overall, he had the Cavaliers looking to Russia for their pick, in the form of the 19 year old international sensation Sergey Karasev, writing:

If the Cavs grab Noel at No. 1, look for them to add a small forward or shooter with their second first-round pick. Karasev is interesting. His performance in Vegas on Friday wasn’t stellar thanks to some jet lag, but scouts are very high on him at the moment.

He has the size to play both wing positions, is a terrific shooter, has a high basketball IQ, and at 19, already has significant professional experience averaging 18.4 PPG in the Russian League. A few scouts compare him to smaller version of Toni Kukoc. Karasev could go as high at No. 9 to the Wolves but would be a great get here by the Cavs.

While a lot of teams are rumored to have serious interest in Karasev, the expectation was that he would be making the rounds and holding private workouts with many of the interested teams. However, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowksi is now reporting that Karasev is going back to Russia and will not return for workouts with any team prior to the draft:

Sergey Karasev has returned to Moscow until the NBA draft in late June, fueling speculation among front-office executives that a team has given the Russian teen star a strong first-round guarantee, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Karasev’s representatives, Andy Miller and Justin Zanik, began to inform teams on Tuesday that Karasev, a sharp-shooting 6-foot-7 forward, will not be made available for any private workouts prior to the June 27 draft, league sources said.

Most NBA teams wanted to get Karasev into their facilities for closer inspection, but none will get the opportunity.

So are the Cavaliers the team who gave the guarantee? There are no indications who the team is that gave Karasev the guarantee, and certainly no clues or signs that point to Cleveland. However, using history as a guide, a move like this wouldn’t be out of character for the Cavaliers.

Cavalier GM Chris Grant was on Danny Ferry’s staff back in 2006 when Ferry masterfully got Daniel Gibson to cancel workouts in an effort to get him to slide to the team with their first pick in the 2nd round. Mike Brown was also the coach at the time, so the team certainly has experience using the pre-draft guarantee to try to get what they want. Furthermore, we know that Chris Grant is comfortable drafting players without holding workouts for them. Last season he drafted Dion Waiters despite the fact the Cavaliers never once had Dion in for workouts.

None of this is to say the Cavaliers are the team who is trying to get Karasev. Instead, this is just pointing out that it falls within their method of operations, and so they certainly have to be considered as one of the teams who would more realistically be inclined to make this kind of move. We’ll have to wait until draft night to see how everything plays out.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    .407% 3 pt shooter who averaged 1.5 out of every 3.6 taken

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I guess we’ll see just how underrated he was I mean he won’t have to deal with LBJ and he’ll have nothing but a majority of young players to nurture and develop like he did so well with the likes of Shannon Brown, JJ Hickson, Danny Green and many others.

  • mgbode

    yes. and top10 3pt% in the league hovers between 40-42%:
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/fg3_pct_top_10.html

    So, being a 40.7% career 3pt shooter makes him a good NBA 3pt shooter.

    09/10 – 3rd in NBA
    07/08 – 5th in NBA

  • mgbode

    yeah, doesn’t seem much doubt that this is what they did. the only doubt would be “when” they may have started that season making the Heat salary stripping a slight precursor to everything.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    lol well thank goodness for that .7% because otherwise he wouldn’t have made that 40-42% mark.

    08/09 – 38%

  • mgbode

    25 games started the last 3 years, not played (and that is 25 too many — he’s a backup).
    148 games played the last 3 years.

    And, again, what you show is a good NBA 3pt shooter (except this last year). His time is likely done with the Cavs, but I don’t know why you won’t give him his due on his one good skill.

  • Harv 21

    Listen, I take your opinions seriously, but you’re talking right past everybody. Give us the stats you expect from a SECOND rounder. And explain why you’re not ripping the second rounders – hell, the first rounders – who didn’t show enough to stay on the roster.

    You’re reducing yourself to a boobie hater, a boobater, a hatoobie … and, listen, you’re better than this. True story, I know of this very elderly lady who is losing it mentally, and when she was watching a Cavs game on TV with her granddaughter suddenly pointed at Boobie and screamed “That’s the (expletive) who stole my backgammon board.” Sham, you’re reminding me of that lady.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea my bad the 25 was games played you see you got me all riled up not to mention cost 5 minutes looking up this loser. That’s 5 minutes out of my life I’ll never get back and I hold you, mgbode, personally accountable!

    I never said he didn’t have one good skill in fact I’ve always said he is stellar at standing still outside the arc waiting for the ball to be passed to him. He was so good he made Z become a three-point shooter even!

    Anyways retire his number and raise it to the rafters as the Cavaliers almost, not bad, held his own, best second round pick in team history!

    Good morning, good afternoon and goodnight!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Was the granddaughter hot and how do you know Gibson didn’t steal her backgammon board I mean it’s not like it was a ball and actually moving?

    I say it now and I say it loud and proud: Daniel Boobie Gibson was/is and will always be overrated and it’s only because he found himself on a team like the Cavaliers that he lasted as long as he did. For me that is not an achievement, for him or Ferry or Grant!

    And that’s the bottom line ‘cuz Shamrock said so! Deuces

  • mgbode

    hey, we all get to have a day to go off the rails. you seem to have picked today. no worries.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ever since I learned Jennifer Love Hewitt, is not only engaged but pregnant I haven’t been the same. How could she do this to me ‘bode, how? I spent the prime of my stalking life on her and this is my reward. She blew the best 5 minutes of her life! On the bright side this gives me more time for Ms. Candice Swanepoel!!!!!!

  • mgbode

    I don’t even know who Swanepoel is. I think it’s better this way.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    She’s a model and she’s an angel!

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Shannon Brown and Danny Green were buried in the depth chart. JJ Hickson got some burn…but it took him getting dropped from Sacramento to really pick up his game for this year.