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NBA Draft Rumors: Cavaliers Overvaluing #1 Pick In Trade Talks

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

With a young core of Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters and a veteran like Anderson Varejao returning from injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers believe they are close to becoming a playoff team.

The Cavaliers caught a break and may have taken another step towards their first playoff berth since LeBron James left when they landed the top pick in the 2013 draft at the lottery last month. At first glance, Kentucky center Nerlens Noel seemed like the perfect pick. Every team could use another big man and he could help build a solid defense while the backcourt of Irving and Waiters provided the most of the offense. Noel is a seven-footer, a fantastic athlete and has plenty of room to grow into a very good NBA player.

Despite tearing his ACL last season, he seems like a worthy top pick.

The Cavaliers, however may not be so sure. Many experts have been began to speculate that Maryland center Alex Len sits atop the Cavaliers draft board and there have been rumors the Cavaliers would prefer to trade out of the pick and possibly acquire a veteran to help get the Cavaliers back into the postseason in 2014.

According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers continue “to aggressively shop this pick.”  However, Cleveland may have trouble striking any kind of deal, because Mannix, citing an executive, says the Cavaliers have “”have completely overvalued it.”

This could help other teams, like the Orlando Magic or Washington Wizards, who own the next two picks, trade down in the draft, if they wish too.

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Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Nerlens Noel

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