August 17, 2014

Josh McRoberts agrees to mid-level deal with the Miami Heat

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Forward Josh McRoberts, a coveted free agent for many teams, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Miami Heat today.

Many reports, such as those from ESPN’s Marc Stein, Yahoo’s Marc Spears and more, peg the to-be-signed deal as the full midlevel exception for four years. The total potential value of the deal is $23 million. McRoberts will hold a player option after year three.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier in the day that Charlotte had increased its offer up to the midlevel to retain McRoberts. The Cavaliers were one of many teams previously said to be interested, too.

McRoberts, a 6-foot-10 veteran, had a career season for the Bobcats. In starting 78 games, the 27-year-old averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.3 minutes. His assist numbers are among the best for any big man in the league. He had a decent three-point shooting season too, making 36.1% of his 291 attempts. His defense is a question, but his offensive game obviously was coveted in the open market.

Assuming that this deal is indeed the entire midlevel exception, Miami still has the biannual exception at its disposal. Currently, their books are filled with the cap holds for LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, all free agents. James’ desire for a max contract, and the need to potentially still pay major deals to Bosh and Wade, had Miami limited in its free agency hopes.

Panic Button: Activated, Cavs drop 2nd to Bobcats

mbfrustratedI’ll begin with echoing a tweet I fired off in the immediate aftermath of the Cavaliers third straight loss while still inside Quicken Loans Arena in Section 121.

“I’ve been patient. I remain optimistic. But I’m mad as HELL about this game! 4th given away this year. SECOND TO THE BOBCATS! Unacceptable”

For nearly three quarters, the Cavaliers were winning an ugly offensive display on both ends. Then, the depleted second unit started a landslide, and the starting unit only continued it as the Bobcats went on a 37-14 run at one point to take a 11 point lead. Charlotte held on for a 86-80 win, their second against the Cavaliers already in this young season. Everyone has their breaking point in regards to panic, and I reached mine last night. I’ve activated the panic button, and I’ve entered the panic room!1 [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. I’m certain that in three years of blogging here, that’s already the most times I’ve used the word “panic”. []

Cavs come out flat, fall to Bobcats 90-84

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“So… uh… about that shot”

Thus dies the dream of the perfect season.

Kemba Walker had 24 points, including a three with just under a minute to play to put Charlotte ahead 87-84, and Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 points and 10 boards to lead the Charlotte Bobcats over the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-84. Tristan Thompson paced the Cavs with 21 points and 11 boards and CJ Miles poured in 22 points off the bench but it wasn’t enough. Kyrie Irving finished with 16 points and seven assists but was bothered by an elbow stinger and went scoreless during the final period.

To say I was hoping for a better performance from our young Cavaliers would be an understatement. After their exciting victory on opening night against the Brooklyn Nets, I expected the Cavs to come out and handle their business against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. If this squad will be playing the postseason, they’ll have to take advantage of teams like the Bobcats, especially with their best player, Al Jefferson, sitting out due to injury. [Read more...]

NBA News: Kyrie Irving’s elbow X-ray turns up negative

Last night was a weird basketball game from the Cleveland Cavaliers. They showed up listless, falling 90-84 in Charlotte. One issue was the fact Kyrie Irving didn’t take any of the final three shots. After the game, the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd (a must-follow on Twitter) shared some details about an elbow issue for Irving:

Fortunately, it appears the issue was minor. With the negative X-ray, Irving is likely a 100% go for tonight’s first back-to-back sequel of the season in Indiana. The Cavs will need a more forceful Irving to continue to be dominant; he’s averaged only 15.5 points on 33.3% shooting thus far in two games.

Another key issue heading into tonight is the availability of center Andrew Bynum. He’s been a last-minute announced active decision each of the first two games and there’s been no public announcement of his status for back-to-backs. It will be interesting to see if he can man his usual first-half backup center rotation spot.

[Related: Game 2: Cavaliers vs Bobcats Behind The Box Score]

While We’re Waiting… Ohio State deserves more respect

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Trying to give Buckeyes the respect they deserve: “You know what we should do with Ohio State? We should ignore what’s happening there. The undefeated season last year, the 8-0 start this year. Add that up, carry the one, and that’s a 20-0 run the Buckeyes are on since Urban Meyer became head coach before the 2012 season.” [Gregg Doyel/CBSSports.com] [Read more...]

NBA News: Mark Price to join Charlotte’s coaching staff

The most prolific shooter in Cavaliers history is heading down south: Mark Price will reportedly join the Charlotte Bobcats coaching staff this upcoming season.

According to the latest from Bobcats beat writer Rick Bonnell, Price will re-enter the assistant ranks underneath new head coach Steve Clifford. Fellow former NBA All-Star Patrick Ewing is also on the Charlotte staff as well as Stephen Silas, son of former Cavaliers head coach Paul Silas.

Price, 49, has long served as a coaching and shooting consultant since retiring from the NBA in 1998. He has received some of the credit for working with Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo over the years. Most recently, he served as a player development coach for Stan Van Gundy and the Orlando Magic during the 2011-12 season.

A four-time All-Star in Cleveland, Price finished his NBA career with a 90.39% free throw shooting mark, just barely behind Steve Nash (90.42%) for the best ever mark. Constantly hampered by injuries, Price played over 1,500 minutes only seven times in his entire career.

Previously this offseason, some Cavs fans, as led by the crew over at Stepien Rules, had petitioned for Price to be a possible candidate for the Cleveland head coach opening. Former coach Mike Brown later received the gig. Yet it’s not a surprise to see that the fan-favorite has landed back on his feet in the NBA coaching ranks.

[Related: 2013 NBA Finals, 2013 NBA Draft, Heat, Spurs, Cavaliers thoughts with Brendan Bowers – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-20]

The Diff: Regression to the mean and the Cavaliers

For my entire archive of The Diff at WFNY, check out this tag. Last week’s edition tackled an aggregate of 60 mock drafts from around the Internet, which obviously didn’t prove that fruitful when the Browns took Barkevious Mingo (projected by only 3 mock drafts). Oh well.

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Back in my second-ever version of The Diff, on Jan. 23, I wrote over 3,000 words on six specific franchise comparisons for the current iteration of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Obviously, much has been written here at WFNY and elsewhere since about the hopeful trajectory of the Cavs organization, especially with the re-addition of head coach Mike Brown. Today, I’ll hope to share even more analytics behind previous NBA rebuilds and some statistics behind their variability. [Read more...]

Small goals paving the way for big wins in Cleveland

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The mountain has been turned into a series of considerably smaller molehills. While the Cleveland Cavaliers have a long way to go before they are even within eyesight of the top, each rest station along the way comes with its own intrinsic reward.

After being embarrassed by 18 points in Detroit late last week, the Cavaliers — the team as well as the front office —  had a series of meetings. There was a closed-door meeting with Byron Scott, his assistant coaches and all 15 players. Blunt objects were not thrown, but choice words most definitely were. From there, Scott and his coaches sat down to focus on the short and intermediate term. Long term talk is fantastic fuel for narrative, but it was obvious that young players needed something on which to hang their respective hats.

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NBA Rookie Rankings: Jedi Drummond, Bradley Beal heating up

Drummond light saberWith the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with the most recent games carrying the most importance, but the whole body of work will be taken into account. Great beards and great celebrations may also play a large factor.

1. Damian Lillard (Last Week: 1)

It’s been another good week for Damian, collecting December’s Rookie of the Month honor and getting the approval of the King. The Blazers have won four straight and 12 of 15, including wins against LeBron and the Heat, and against fellow rookie Alexey Shved and the Timberwolves. Against Minnesota, Lillard hit step back jumper after step back jumper, leaving the defender no chance to stop him. As the ‘Wolves sagged off, Lillard rose up and buried shots from deep. But the highlight that sticks with me most is his attack off a high ball screen and finish through the contact from mountain man, Nikola Pekovic. With just two explosive dribbles from the top of the key, he manages to get all the way into the lane, onto Pekovic’s body,1 get the ball up on the glass, and in to the hoop.

The Blazers and Lillard are both much farther along than anyone expected them to be. Lillard is the clear frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors, while Portland has cemented themselves in the middle of the murky Western Conference playoff picture. Not a bad time to be a Blazers’ fan. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. Being on Nikola Pekovic’s body, every lady’s fantasy []

Box Score: Cavs 106, Bobcats 104

Maybe Kyrie Irving was reading all of our content today about his inept fourth-quarter performances? Whatever it was, he scored 16 of the team’s 20 points in another awful final frame, as the Cavaliers barely held off the Charlotte Bobcats for a 106-104 victory.

The Cavaliers (8-26) are now one game below the Bobcats (8-24) in the Eastern Conference standings. Also noteworthy: Tristan Thompson had arguably his best game of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and new reserve guard Shaun Livingston saw 26 minutes off the bench.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 8-26 (Won last 1)

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS 8-24 (Lost last 1)

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
CLE 29 33 24 20 106
CHA 23 25 26 30 104
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
C.J. Miles G 38:58 7-14 4-9 0-0 +11 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 4 18
K. Irving G 37:34 10-21 3-4 10-10 +1 0 5 6 5 4 3 0 4 33
T. Zeller C 30:12 3-8 0-0 3-6 -2 1 5 2 1 0 3 0 4 9
T. Thompson F 37:12 8-10 0-0 3-4 +11 2 13 2 2 0 0 1 2 19
A. Gee F 34:27 3-7 0-1 2-4 +3 0 7 5 1 0 0 1 4 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 39-78 7-16 21-29 6 40 23 13 9 10 3 22 106
Percentages .500 .438 .724 Team Rebounds: 7
S. Livingston 26:20 3-6 0-0 0-0 -2 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 2 6
D. Waiters 17:59 3-6 0-0 3-5 -4 0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 9
L. Walton 17:18 2-6 0-2 0-0 -8 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 4
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Inactive
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Inactive
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

Charlotte

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
G. Henderson G 32:49 6-11 4-5 1-2 -2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 2 17
K. Walker G 24:12 4-8 1-3 2-4 -9 0 3 5 3 1 0 1 2 11
B. Biyombo C 15:35 1-2 0-0 0-0 -12 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
J. Taylor F 26:32 5-10 1-3 0-0 +13 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 4 11
H. Warrick F 11:42 1-4 0-0 2-2 -12 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-82 8-17 22-28 8 43 25 14 5 3 10 24 104
Percentages .451 .471 .786 Team Rebounds: 8
R. Sessions 35:09 4-11 0-2 12-12 +1 0 5 6 0 1 0 1 3 20
B. Haywood 27:42 0-0 0-0 1-2 +12 3 7 3 1 0 2 0 3 1
B. Gordon 27:32 11-20 2-4 3-4 +7 1 2 4 4 1 1 1 2 27
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 21:07 3-10 0-0 1-2 +1 3 9 2 2 0 0 3 1 7
T. Thomas 12:33 2-6 0-0 0-0 -7 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 2 4
J. Adrien 3:19 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
D. Diop 1:48 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
B. Mullens DNP – Inactive
R. Williams DNP – Coach’s Decision

NBA Rookie Rankings: Anthony Davis not living up to the hype

With the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with the most recent games carrying the most importance, but the whole body of work will be taken into account. Great beards and great celebrations may also play a large factor.

1. Damian Lillard (Last Week: 1)

The Blazers are playing their best basketball of the season, but the same cannot be said about their rookie point guard. Despite hitting a cold blooded three at the buzzer, the last few weeks have been pretty “ehhhh” for Lillard. Earlier in the year, the three point shot had been Lillard’s weapon of choice, shooting over 6 per game.  But as the old adage goes, “live by the three, die by the three.” Early on in the season, boy was Lillard living. His three point shot was opening up the lane for penetration, leading to easy buckets for himself and for teammates. However, in the last couple weeks the Portland point guard has been on life support from behind the arc, shooting just 8 for 28 in his last four games.

As his three point percentage has dropped so have his assists. In those same four games where Lillard shot just 26% from downtown, he is averaging 2.5 assists lower than his season average. True point guards are counted on to hit open threes and set up teammates but it’s becoming more and more clear that Lillard is not a true point guard. Instead, he’s an attacking guard who is never afraid to try and make a play. Although his numbers may be hurting recently, his team is succeeding. Teams are being forced to pay extra attention to Lillard, leaving more room the rest of the Blazers to play ball. With the way Portland is playing, if Lillard can find his stroke from deep once again, the Western Conference will have to start taking notice of the team up in Rip City.

2. Anthony Davis (Last Week: 2)

Anthony Davis is taking much longer than most thought to become a star in this league. It’s far, far too early to say he’s not living up to his predraft hype, but he’s not living up to his predraft hype. With Lillard coasting, the door has been wide open for Davis to ascend to the top of the rookie class. Davis is slowly creaking open that door, but hardly stomping his foot through it like most expected.

Davis is playing like a rookie. One night he looks like he has the potential to be the best big in NBA, and the next he looks like Tristain Thompson. The Brow will always be a force on the defensive end with his length and athleticism but he needs to start scoring consistently if he wants to be a star, let alone the rookie of the year.

Only four times this year has Anthony Davis scored over 20 points. Here is just a short list of other bigs within 1 point of Davis’ scoring avearge.

JJ Hickson, Glen Davis, Chris Kaman, Thaddeus Young, Serge Ibaka, Paul Milsap, and Metta World Peace1

I know Davis isn’t billed as a “scorer” but if you’re the number one pick, and the face of the franchise, you better be able to put the peach in the basket.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Last Week: 3)

Speaking of struggling to score…MKG has failed to score in double figures in over a third of Charlotte’s games. His offense is not his strength, everyone knows that, but like Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist is a high lottery pick, and the face a franchise. Along with those two distinctions come the expectation you’re going to be able get your team points.

Unlike fellow rookies, Lillard, Waiters, and Beal, Kidd-Gilchrist does not have his finger stuck on the trigger. He is yet to take 15 shots in a game, while Lillard, Waiters, and Beal have combined to do so 39 times. We all know MKG is great teammate, leader, and utility man, but it might be time for the Bobcats’ first round pick to start to try and score.

When you’re team has lost 18 straight games2 being a team player might have to go out the window. It’s all about getting work in for the future, so let it fly MKG.

4. Alexey Shved (Last Week: 4)

Now that’s some fresh facial hair

I’ve made little effort to hide my love affair for Alexey Shved. He’s got the european flair, the ability to play the one or two, and the moxy to rock a crisp looking goatee. Although the Shved/Rubio backcourt hasn’t quite reached the level of success I had once predicted, it’s hard to find many more young backcourts in the league as exciting as the two Europeans3.

Shved is avearging just over 14 points and 6 assists over his last five games. Over that same stretch Damian Lillard, is averaging a similar 17 and 5 but with 1.5 more turnovers. Shved may not have the upside Lillard has, but White Russia is has cemented himself in the discussion for the best guards in the 2012 rookie class.

5. Andre Drummond (Last Week: 5)

Andre Drummond and the Pistons have won 5 of their last 6, which has taken some heat off Piston’s coach Lawrence Frank for limiting the minutes of Drummond. Slow and steady continues to be the approach as Detroit tries to develop the raw rookie from UCONN. Drummond is 6th in the NBA in rebounding percentage, ahead of rebounding machines Dwight Howard, Kenneth Faried, Kris Humphries, and Tyson Chandler.

More impressively, Drummond is tied for the league lead in offensive rebounding percentage with Anderson Varejao. Varejao is wildly renowned as a monster on the offensive glass, and sooner or later Drummond will get the same recognition. Fans around The D are even starting to compare Drummond to Big Ben Wallace. Although he may have far to go to gain Big Ben status4, but he may be able to get a Kid Rock song written about him.

Honorable Mention

Dion Waiters

After three rough shooting nights in a row, Dion was moved into a role as 6th man for the Cavs. Waiters thrived in that role at Syracuse and flourished once again coming off the bench against Sacramento. Waiters scored 20 points in his reserve role, and did so shooting 42% from the field. This was only the 3rd time in the last 13 games Waiters has been over 40% from the field.

 

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Footnotes:

  1. I know Metta isn’t exactly a big, but like I said a few months ago, I’ll take any excuse I can get to type “Metta World Peace” I can get. []
  2. Yes they’re the Bobcats, but 18 straight. C’mon man! []
  3. Lin/Harden are the best followed by Irving/Waiters, Curry/Thompson,  and Crawford/Wall/Beal in no particular order []
  4. 4 straight ECF appearances, and a title to be exact []

NBA Rookie Rankings: Davis climbing, Lillard beats buzzer

Left Cameron Browne NBA Getty Images. Right Steve Dykes USA TODAY Sports

With the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with the most recent games carrying the most importance, but the whole body of work will be taken into account. Great beards and great celebrations may also play a large factor.

The past seven days have been kind to the top of the 2012 rookie class. Signature games from the Kentucky boys, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist, and a signature moment from Damian Lillard highlight the last week in fresh meat action.

With the top 3 shining, the rest of the rookie class is struggling to keep up. Top 4 picks, Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal continue to chuck the pumpkin with little success, while big men Andre Drummond and Jonas Valanciunas contribute solid but unexciting minutes off their respective benches.

The top 3 sees a minor shakeup while the 4th and 5th spots continue to be a revolving door.

Vamanos! [Read more...]

NBA Draft Rumors: Reports On Cavs Trading Up For Charlotte’s No. 2 Pick Continue To Surface

There are only four and half more days of smokescreens, and then David Stern will have to start calling names in New York. The one bit of speculation that continues to gain traction in NBA circles is that the Cavaliers will try to put together a package for the Charlotte Bobcats and move into the No. 2 slot.

The Cavs and Bobcats have been bandied about as potential trade partners since the lottery. Sam Amick again reported late Thursday night that executives felt the Cavs would likely approach Charlotte in an effort to move ahead of the Wizards and take Brad Beal. Rick Bonnell weighed in this morning on the Charlotte side of the things and after speaking to his sources, and he’s hearing more on the potential swap in the top four:

After calling some sources with lottery picks Saturday, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers swap draft picks in Thursday’s draft. In that sort of a deal, the Bobcats would pick fourth and 24th and the Cavs would move up to No. 2.

From the day he became part of this front office, general manager Rich Cho has talked about gathering extra assets, and that generally means extra first-round picks.

[Related: Should The Cavs Trade Up For Brad Beal?]

Report: Bobcats still shopping second-overall pick

Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reports that the Charlotte Bobcats are shopping the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, despite team statements that they are set at taking a player at two-

“The Charlotte Bobcats continue to shop the second overall pick. Only one problem… “They want A LOT in return,” said league source.”

Interesting. What exactly is A LOT? Multiple picks? A combination of picks and players?

Then there is also this from Kennedy-

“The New Orleans Hornets are shopping the tenth pick. They’d move it if the right deal came along. They want a guard,” said a league source.”

Could the Cavaliers package anything to move from 24 to 10?

[Related: What do the Cavaliers have to do?]

While We’re Waiting… Harrison Barnes, Nick Hamilton, and More NBA Draft Talk

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Leading off, our own Scott Sargent chronicled the path of Harrison Barnes to the NBA and compares his path to the one carved out thus far by Kyrie Irving, “Descending upon the media portion of the NBA Draft combine one year after one his best friends in Irving did the same, Barnes, fresh off of his 20th birthday, stood out amongst the group of giants not due to size or stature but due to his demeanor, professionalism and understanding that, despite the inability to legally consume alcohol, he has to be as much of an adult as the veterans with whom he will soon be sharing a locker room.” [Scott/Still WFNY @ Cleveland.com]

Over at Did The Tribe Win Last Night, there’s a great story on Nick Hamilton, the recent Tribe draft pick and son of Tom Hamilton, “Unlike his dad, Nick Hamilton’s first read on the ball is not how it sounds coming off the bat, but what it looks like. “Your senses make up for each other,” Nick Hamilton said. “I have very good vision. I think that’s what I rely on more instead of sound. I can [hear] the difference between a really badly hit ball and a really well hit ball, but for the most part, I use my vision and try to judge the speed that way. It’s amazing how the body works.” [DTTWLN]

Brendan Bowers at Stepien Rules has been talking plenty of NBA Draft recently. Yesterday, he covered several topics, including the Bobcats shopping that second pick, “If the Bobcats would take pick number four to allow themselve to dump Diop and/or Thomas on the Cavaliers in order for Cleveland to move up two spots I’d give the tires a quality kick on that. The Cavs are way under the cap, and per the new CBA they may need to look for ways to actually spend money in order to get themselves to the minimum salary cap floor.” [Stepien Rules] [Read more...]

NBA Draft News: Bobcats No. 2 Pick for Sale

Having not landed the first-overall selection and the chance to draft the franchise-changing power forward Anthony Davis, the Charlotte Bobcats will in fact look to move the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Bill Ingram from Hoopsworld confirms that Michael Jordan’s Bobcats have put the second-overall selection on the market, but are presently “asking for the world” and wish to include either the much-maligned forward Tyrus Thomas or journeyman center DeSagana Diop in a potential transaction. Thomas, a freakish athlete, has long been a disappointment since being drafted fourth-overall in 2006 and is due roughly $26 million between the 2012-13 season and his free agency in the summer of 2015. Diop, the 30-year-old one-time center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has a $7.3 million player option for this coming season.

It is assumed that any team willing to trade up to the second-overall spot would do so to take Davis’ teammate at Kentucky, small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Related: NBA Playoffs Showing Cavaliers How Hard Building a Championship Team Really Is

While We’re Waiting… Cavs Draft Options, Michigan Rivalry, Indians Stealing Bases

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Our ol’ Brendan Bowers shares his thoughts on the Cavaliers getting his favorite prospect: “As our show ended, and we made our way over to the Q for Chris Grant’s media availability, I allowed my personal dreams of MKG rocking a Cavs uniform for the next ten years to die a slow and painful death. More painful than any dance move could ever inflict. No way he’s there at four, I thought, he’™s the second best player in this Draft. Then all of the sudden I realized who it was picking second, it was the closest thing I’ve ever had to an epiphany. The same guy who drafted Kwame Brown first overall; things began to feel markedly better. As great a player Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was, he’s equally bad as an NBA executive. Anything and everything is back in play at pick number two I decided.” [Brendan Bowers/Cleveland.com] [Read more...]

Instead of Fixing Tanking, NBA Should Remove the Lottery

Tanking has been quite the topical conversation starter in the NBA this season. Maybe it was because there was a shortened 66-game season that ESPN, TrueHoop and several websites hammered on the topic ad nauseaum over the past few months (even on this site, quite eloquently by Ben). But, realistically, in order to solve the issue of tanking, one thing should be fixed instead: the draft lottery.

Obviously, basketball is unique because it has a perfect schedule length and draft setup for tanking to be a possibly effective strategy for teams. With only 82 games (usually), as opposed to the NFL’s 16 and MLB’s 162, there’s a possibility that a 6-10 game stretch or more could significantly alter a team’s drafting position. The same is then true in the National Hockey League, but, for some odd reason, despite that league’s similar use of a draft lottery, not as big of a media deal is made of tanking. [Read more...]

Video: DeSagana Diop Airballs Free Throw

Former Cleveland Cavaliers lottery selection DeSagana Diop airballed a free throw recently and it was fairly epic.

The best part may be that his second attempt went glass.

Over 10 NBA seasons after being selected eighth overall in 2001, Diop has averaged 2.0 points per contest. The 7-footer is making $6.5 million this year.

(h/t to Brian Boesch)

Cleveland Cavaliers Set to Square Off with the Charlotte Bobcats

The Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) will have a chance to keep their positive momentum going Tuesday night at 7:00 pm when they host the struggling Charlotte Bobcats (1-3).

So far this early season the Cavaliers have developed a bit of a trend. When they are hitting their 3s, they win. When they’re not, they lose. This can be a problematic trend as teams that live and die with the three point shot tend to do a lot of dying. In the NBA, it’s tough to rely on that shot consistently night in and night out. This is all part of the team’s growing process as they must develop ways to score and win games besides just launching threes.

Having said that, though, the matchup with the Bobcats could allow the Cavaliers opportunities to continue their hot shooting from outside. [Read more...]