What will that mean for the Cavaliers, who have two first-round picks, and the rest of the draft? This latest mock draft deciphers some reports on pre-draft promises and how the combine can affect the first round.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert recovering after stroke symptoms
The top two, and the fates of Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, remain a near certainty. But what about the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers? How will their decisions impact the Cavaliers?
Cam Reddish of Duke has been an early favorite for Cleveland at No. 5, so lets take a look at other scenarios.
2018-19 stats: 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 blocks, 2.1 steals, 68.0 field-goal percentage, 33.8 percent 3-point shooting and 64.0 percent free-throw shooting in 30.0 minutes per game.
About the pick: There is no question the Pelicans take Williamson at No. 1, but speculation is rampant about who will be around him. Anthony Davis? While new executive vice president David Griffin said he is confident the team can make a case for Davis to stay, what else can he say? New Orleans timeline is important. Remember when the Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving before training camp? The Pelicans might be pressed to do the same — and not wait until next years trade deadline.
2018-19 stats: 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 49.9 field-goal percentage, 36.3 percentage on 3s, 81.3 percent free-throw shooter in 36.6 minutes per game.
About the pick: Morant to Memphis is equally a slam dunk as Williamson to New Orleans. Since the combine, both ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony and the New York Times Marc Stein — among others — have reported the Grizzlies intend to take the Murray State guard.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was admitted to hospital in his native Michigan on Sunday after showing stroke-like symptoms, according to a statement from his company, Quicken Loans.
“Early this morning, Dan Gilbert sought care at a local hospital after experiencing stroke-like symptoms,” the statement read, according to the Detroit Free Press. “He received immediate medical attention and is currently recovering comfortably. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with Dan for a speedy recovery.”