CLEVELAND, Ohio – After the Cavaliers ended up with the No.3 pick in the 2021 draft, I started talking to myself:
QUESTION: Who should the Cavs recruit?
ANSWER: It won’t be Cade Cunningham. He will go to Detroit at No.1.
Q: Who chooses second?
A: It’s Houston. If Houston is smart – I don’t know if it is – the Rockets would take Evan Mobley.
Q: Isn’t this guy like Jarrett Allen of the Cavs?
A: That was my first thought while watching the USC 7ft tape. But the more I saw, the more I thought he was a better version of Allen. Some experts throw away the Chris Bosh label, but it’s Hall of Fame caliber. He’s a modern tall man who was the PAC-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 16.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and shot 0.578 from the field. He defends.
Q: That’s why Houston should choose him.
A: Exactly. But the Rockets love to run and shoot. They don’t seem to care about defense. Maybe pick 6-foot-6 goalie Jalen Green.
Q: Really? I was hoping he could go to the Cavs.
A: The same goes for a lot of people.
Q: But are you not?
A: This is my too early take on the draft, and it’s subject to change. But if I have a choice between Green and Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, I’ll go with Suggs.
Q: Suppose Houston takes Green. So what ?
A: It’s between Suggs and Mobley for the Cavs, at least on my first board. I take Mobley.
Q: What a minute, they already have Jarrett Allen. Didn’t you say he looks a lot like Allen?
A: Very true. Only the Cavs did not have to pay him more than $ 100 million for five years. Allen is a restricted free agent. That’s the projected contract for him – maybe close to $ 120 million.
Q : OUF !
A: What a country!
Q: So the Cavs draft Mobley, what are they doing with Allen?
A: I had this discussion with Chris Fedor, the great basketball writer from Cleveland.com. He quickly said, “Sign and exchange. “
Q: And you said?
A: “Sign and exchange? Sure. Logic. “
Q: What can the Cavs do for him?
A: Allen has the attributes that teams look for in a modern great man. He is athletic. He can bounce, block shots, and run. He is only 23 years old. He does not dominate the ball. Its value must be high.
Q: Why don’t the Cavs sign him?
A: That will be the plan, unless Mobley runs into them. Maybe they keep the two big men. But they need to find ways to add talent beyond the draft. Their salary cap is obstructed by Kevin Love and other high-priced players. Cleveland is also not a preferred destination for free agents. A trade is more likely to attract talented veterans.
Q: Why not trade Collin Sexton instead?
A: They could do it. But Sexton’s agent will likely push for a maximum contract. This could harm its commercial value. Most good teams see Sexton as Lou Williams, an instant offensive player off the bench. Allen is rated higher by most teams.
Q: Suppose Houston takes Mobley and the Cavs have a choice of Green, Suggs, or someone like Florida State forward Scottie Barnes?
A: I take Suggs. He’s a solid 6-foot-5 guard who can play the next Darius Garland. He led Gonzaga to a 29-1 season. He averaged 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 14.4 points in a team that embodies selflessness. I love the way he played and the way this team is playing. Bring him here.
Q : Et Sexton ?
A: I will write about this later in the week. What I do know is that the draft made things a lot more intriguing for the Cavs and their fans – and that should make the team a lot better if they do it right.
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