Cleveland Takes Wiggins With Top Pick In Draft

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (AP) – The Cavaliers chose potential over power.
By selecting Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins over Duke’s Jabari Parker with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, the Cavs are getting a talented, perimeter player who some experts believe can blossom into a superstar.
The 19-year-old Wiggins, who averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds as a freshman at Kansas, would have likely been the top pick a year ago, when the Cavs took forward Anthony Bennett.
The Cavs debated over Wiggins and Parker for days before finalizing their choice in the last hours leading into the draft. There was a reported rift between general manager David Griffin, who preferred Parker, and owner Dan Gilbert, who wanted Wiggins. However, two hours before the draft started, Gilbert posted a photo of the team’s decision room on his Twitter account with the words: “United and busy.”
Cleveland’s busy all right.
The selection of Wiggins came one day after the Cavs introduced new coach David Blatt, and it’s just the next step in a two-week stretch that could re-shape Cleveland’s franchise for the next decade.
On Tuesday, the team can begin contract negotiations with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving on a five-year contract extension. That’s also the first day free agents can negotiate with teams.
With at least $25 million in salary-cap space, and the potential to create more, the Cavs are expected to make a strong run at LeBron James, who informed the Miami Heat earlier this week that he’s opting out of the final two years of his contract.
Landing James might be a longshot, but so was winning the NBA lottery. The Cavs feel that with Wiggins they have at least filled the small forward position that has been so problematic since James left in 2010.
First Round
1. Cleveland, Andrew Wiggins, g, Kansas.
2. Milwaukee, Jabari Parker, f, Duke.
3. Philadelphia, Joel Embiid, c, Kansas.
4. Orlando, Aaron Gordon, f, Arizona.
5. Utah, Dante Exum, g, Australia.
6. Boston, Marcus Smart, g, Oklahoma State.
7. L.A. Lakers, Julius Randle, f, Kentucky.
8. Sacramento, Nik Stauskas, g, Michigan.
9. Charlotte (from Detroit), Noah Vonleh, c-f, Indiana.
10. a-Philadelphia (from New Orleans), Elfrid Payton, g, Louisiana-Lafayette.
11. b-Denver, Doug McDermott, f, Creighton.
12. a-Orlando (from New York via Denver), Dario Saric, f, Cibona (Croatia).
13. Minnesota, Zach LaVine, g, UCLA.
14. Phoenix, T.J. Warren, f, NC State.
15. Atlanta, Adreian Payne, f, Michigan State.
16. b-Chicago (from Charlotte), Jusuf Nurkic, c, Cedevita (Croatia).
17. Boston (from Brooklyn), James Young, g, Kentucky.
18. Phoenix (from Washington), Tyler Ennis, g, Syracuse.
19. b-Chicago, Gary Harris, g, Michigan State.
20. Toronto, Bruno Caboclo, f, Pinheiros (Brazil).
21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers), Mitch McGary, f, Michigan.
22. Memphis, Jordan Adams, g, UCLA.
23. Utah (from Golden State), Rodney Hood, f, Duke.
24. c-Charlotte (from Portland), Shabazz Napier, g, UConn.
25. Houston, Clint Capela, f, Chalon (France).
26. c-Miami, P.J. Hairston, g, North Carolina/Texas (NBADL).
27. Phoenix (from Indiana), Bogdan Bogdanovic, g, Partizan (Serbia).
28. L.A. Clippers, C.J. Wilcox, g, Washington.
29. Oklahoma City, Josh Huestis, f, Stanford.
30. San Antonio, Kyle Anderson, g, UCLA.
Second Round
31. Milwaukee, Damien Inglis, f, Roanne (France).
32. Philadelphia, K.J. McDaniels, f, Clemson.
33. Cleveland (from Orlando), Joe Harris, g, Virginia.
34. New York (from Boston through Dallas), Cleanthony Early, f, Wichita State.
35. e-Utah, Jarnell Stokes, f, Tennessee.
36. Milwaukee (from L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix), Johnny O’Bryant III, f, LSU.
37. Toronto (from Sacramento), DeAndre Daniels, f, UConn.
38. Detroit, Spencer Dinwiddie, g, Colorado.
39. Philadelphia (from Cleveland), Jerami Grant, f, Syracuse.
40. Minnesota (from New Orleans), Glenn Robinson III, f, Michigan.
41. Denver, Nikola Jokic, f, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
42. Houston (from New York), Nick Johnson, g, Arizona.
43. Atlanta, Walter Tavares, c, Gran Canarias (Spain).
44. d-Minnesota, Markel Brown, g, Oklahoma State.
45. Charlotte, Dwight Powell, f, Stanford.
46. Washington, Jordan Clarkson, g, Missouri.
47. f-Philadelphia (from Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston), Russ Smith, g, Louisville.
48. g-Milwaukee (from Toronto via Phoenix), Lamar Patterson, g, Pittsburgh.
49. Chicago, Cameron Bairstow, c, New Mexico.
50. Phoenix, Alec Brown, c, Green Bay.
51. New York (from Dallas), Thanasis Antetokounmpo, f, Delaware (NBADL).
52. Philadelphia (from Memphis via Cleveland), Vasilije Micic, g, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
53. Minnesota (from Golden State), Alessandro Gentile, f, EA7 Armani (Italy).
54. Philadelphia (from Houston via Milwaukee), Nemanja Dangubic, f, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
55. c-Miami, Semaj Christon, g, Xavier.
56. h-Denver (from Portland), Roy Devyn Marble, f, Iowa.
57. Indiana, Louis Labeyrie, f, Paris-Levallois (France).
58. San Antonio (from L.A. Clippers via New Orleans), Jordan McRae, g, Tennessee.
59. Toronto (from Oklahoma City via New York), Xavier Thames, g, San Diego State.
60. San Antonio, Cory Jefferson, f, Baylor.
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Proposed Trades
a-Philadelphia and Orlando traded the rights to selected players.
b-Denver and Chicago traded the rights to selected players.
c-Charlotte and Miami traded the rights to selected players.
d-Minnesota traded rights to Brooklyn for $1 million.
e-Utah traded rights to Memphis for a 2016 second-round draft pick.
f-Philadelphia traded rights to New Orleans for G Pierre Jackson.
g-Milwaukee traded rights to Atlanta for a future second-round draft pick.
h-Denver traded rights and G Evan Fournier to Orlando for G Arron Afflalo

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