Cavs Report: Wiggins impresses; coaching decision may be near
Some news and notes about the Cavaliers as we move closer to the NBA Draft, free agency, and perhaps a coaching hire:
— Andrew Wiggins worked out for the Cavs on Wednesday, and sources said the Kansas swingman looked very good. That’s not necessarily a surprise. Like KU center Joel Embiid and Duke forward Jabari Parker, there’s a reason Wiggins is under consideration for the No. 1 overall pick.
— Embiid worked out for the Cavs last week. Parker is in on Friday. The top overall pick remains wide open.
— Despite the multiple reports, the 76ers have not made a concrete offer for the first pick. The Cavs, however, believe that will change between now and next Thursday.
— Staying with the draft, the Cavs are exploring the idea of using their second-round pick (No. 33) as part of a package and moving up to nab another pick in the first round. Teams in the late first have been receptive to such a potential deal, sources said.
— The Cavs interviewed David Blatt for the head-coaching position Wednesday. It was their first face-to-face talk with the former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach. According to sources, the interview went well. It’s quite possible the Cavs will hire a new coach this weekend.
— That said, the Cavs may still talk to Heat assistant David Fizdale before making a final call on the coach. Fizdale said he has not yet been contacted by the Cavs.
— On the free-agent and trade front, the Cavs had previously ruled out a possible deal for Timberwolves star Kevin Love. They are, however, again considering making a run at him. Again, a lot would come down to Love’s willingness to remain in Cleveland beyond next season.
— Heat star LeBron James, who can opt out of his contract, is well aware of the Cavs’ interest. James has not made any decisions and has not yet gotten into deep discussions with his people.
— Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, of course, can also opt out of their Heat contracts. It is believed at least Wade is likely to opt in. Either way, sources close to the situation believe the decisions of Wade and Bosh will not have an impact on what James decides.
— Perhaps playing a bigger role will be James’ wife, Savannah. Sources said Miami is not on the top of her wish list when it comes to places to live. San Diego and her hometown of Akron are said to be higher. Savannah does not want to live in New York, sources said.
— James has heard the "Come Home LeBron" campaign from factions of Cavs fans, but it is believed no one could pull him back like the students of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma mater. As silly as it may sound, sources said if St. V supporters and kids started asking him to return, it would weigh on him heavily. "That school and those kids get to him," a source said.
— In other coaching news, sources around the league believe former Cavs coach Byron Scott has emerged as the frontrunner for the Lakers’ coaching job.
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