Cavs mum on draft plans as rumors swirl

As the Cavs introduced their new head coach Wednesday, they gave zero hints about their plans for Thursday and the NBA Draft.

Cleveland Cavaliers new head coach David Blatt, left, answers questions during a news conference Wednesday as general manager David Griffin, right, listens.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers introduced their new head coach on Wednesday.

They introduced zero hints about their plans for Thursday and the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Cavaliers hold the No. 1 overall pick -- again -- and are a team in transition -- again -- as David Blatt was introduced Wednesday as head coach by general manager David Griffin, who was announced last month as the team's permanent general manager after holding down the job on an interim basis.

Blatt was hired last week, meaning he's late to the evaluation process. The Cavaliers have known since May that they'd have the No. 1 pick. Last week's news that former Kansas center Joel Embiid needed back surgery may or may not have affected the team's thinking.

If the Cavaliers keep the pick, it's likely they'll select either Andrew Wiggins of Kansas or Jabari Parker of Duke, both one-and-done college players.

Asked Wednesday "Parker or Wiggins?" at his press conference, Blatt quickly and jokingly answered "Anthony Parker," referencing the former Cavalier who played under Blatt at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

Pressed a little further on what or who he and Griffin might be thinking a little over 24 hours from making the draft's first pick, Blatt said, "If everyone in the room agrees, maybe no one knows what the hell we are talking about."

So, there continue to be more rumors than clues, at least coming from Cleveland. At a pre-draft event in New York on Wednesday, Jabari Parker said he believed he would go No. 2 to the Milwaukee Bucks. Parker denied a report that he "tanked" a workout with the Cavaliers last week.

A Yahoo Sports report Wednesday afternoon said the Cavaliers had discussed a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves involving All-Star Kevin Love and the No. 1 pick, but said those discussions stalled when Love, who has one year left on his current contract, relayed that he would not sign an extension in Cleveland.



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The Cavaliers have also been linked in various trade rumors to the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz, the teams currently holding pick Nos. 3-5 in the draft. There's also some level of intrigue involving former Cavalier LeBron James, who opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat on Tuesday and will officially become a free agent next week.

Blatt told an Israeli radio station on Wednesday that he did not expect James to return to Cleveland this summer but said there's no player he'd rather have.

The only other reference to the state of the Cavaliers roster in the introductory press conference came when Blatt was asked what he knew about the current Cavaliers and said, "I know (Griffin) is working hard to put the best guys on the floor. That may or may not include changes. The guys I see now are talented."