Reporting Daryl Ruiter
INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Sergey Karasev, a small forward from Triumph Moscow, with the 19th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and dealt the first of 2 second round picks to Portland.
The 6-7, 203-pound Karasev averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for BC Triumph.
“It’s a dream come true,” Karasev said. “Every time I want to play in the NBA, now I’m a part of it.”
The 19-year old, who shoots left handed, also competed for Russia in international play – including the 2012 Olympic games in London.
Karasev, who returned to Russia shortly after being selected, will play with the Cavaliers this season in Cleveland according to general manager Chris Grant.
“That’s all about them,” Karasev said. “I’m ready to come next year and play in Cleveland…I understand they need shooters. I’ll try to really help them and go as hard as possible.”
Karasev shot 45.1 percent from the floor last season has done his homework on the Cavaliers and plans to bring his sharp shooting to the NBA.
“Cleveland needs shooters, and I think I’m the guy who can shoot the ball,” Karasev said.
Grant had been working the phones hard to try and make a trade but the team ended up standing pat and keeping both first round picks.
The Cavaliers earlier selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick.
Grant traded the 31st overall pick to Portland for a second round pick in 2015 and 2016. The Trail Blazers received the draft rights to California guard Allen Crabbe, who was selected No. 31, in the deal.
The 6-foot-6 Crabbe averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds last season and was named the Pac 12 player of the year.
The Cavaliers used their 4th and final pick – No. 33 overall – on Arizona State guard Carrick Felix.
Felix averaged 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor last season for the Sun Devils.