Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - If the Cleveland Cavaliers are disappointed about not winning the NBA Draft Lottery Wednesday night they aren’t showing it.
Despite not hitting the jackpot for a second consecutive year, the Cavaliers have four of the top 34 selections in next month’s NBA Draft which will be held June 28.
General manager Chris Grant is content with the No. 4 selection.
“We feel like where we’re sitting is fantastic,” Grant said. “We’re going to get another really good young payer. We’re excited about that.
“It’s a good day and we feel good about the prospects.”
Grant wasn’t sweating as the picks were unveiled live from New York.
“It’s not something that you can control,” Grant said. “We felt really good about where we were and if we moved up great but at the same time you don’t want to move down very much.
“We’re in a good spot. We’re in a really good spot.”
The worst the Cavaliers could’ve landed was sixth after tying the Hornets for the third worst record this season at 21-45.
Ironically, the Cavaliers won a tie-breaking coin flip over New Orleans last month to claim the third best overall odds of winning the No. 1 pick at 13.8 percent.
The Hornets got No. 1.
The thought didn’t even cross Grant’s mind of what could’ve been had they lost that flip.
“Almost a year ago today we sat here and what was our percent chance? 2.8 percent,” Grant said. “So those are things you can’t control. From our standpoint, it’s a process and we understand it’s going to take time.
“We’re very fortunate to be in a position to add another very good young player.”
In addition to winning the No. 4 pick, Cleveland has the No. 24 pick acquired in March from the Los Angeles Lakers for Ramon Sessions. They also have the Nos. 33 and 34 picks in round two.
The 33rd overall selection came from the New Orleans Hornets via the Miami Heat as part of the 2010 LeBron James sign and trade deal.
Considering the fact that the top three teams – the Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards – all need to add young stars to their clubs, moving up doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
That doesn’t mean that Grant won’t try or explore other options which could include opportunities to move up from 24, 33 or 34.
“We like being aggressive so we’ll look at a lot of different options,” Grant said. “It can be difficult, but I like where we are. If we move around, great. If we stay where we are, that’s fantastic, too.
“I’d presume we’ll be pretty active.”
As for the talent level available in this year’s draft to use those four picks on, Grant was pretty enthusiastic and optimistic about the opportunity to add more young core pieces around Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.
“I think some of the players on the high end have a chance to be really good,” Grant said. “I think it’s a deep draft so I’m excited about 24, 33 and 34.
“We do have a working list for the high end of the draft that’s a decent size but it’s something that we’ll try to be flexible with.”