While the NBA Lottery is mere hours from now and the Cavs will find out if they are drafting 1st or 6th or somewhere between those spots the pre-draft workout season is well underway. The Cavs brass has met with and worked out multiple prospects ranging from late first round to undrafted prospects.
Usually agents of mid-first round picks and lottery prospects will wait until the draft order is set to arrange targeted workouts for teams. As a result teams will focus on scouting second round prospects and undrafted players that they have interested in inviting to summer league.
The Cavs have 4 of the first 34 picks in the Draft and are doing their due diligence as they could workout north of 70 players before the draft. Here is a list of the players confirmed to have worked out for Cleveland so far.
Tyshawn Taylor – the Kansas PG has very good size and great athleticism. Cleveland’s front office views him as a plus defender and could not only back up Kyrie Irving but play alongside of him at times. Likely a target of the Cavs in round 2 if he is available.
Will Barton – the Memphis SG is a good athlete but very skinny. Questions about his shot selection have to be answered and is a bit streaky from outside. An intriguing prospect in round 2 with the ability to score. Likely a rotation player. 2nd round candidate.
Henry Sims -the Georgetown big had an impressive NCAA Tournament and has shown the ability to get around defenders and facilitate from the foul line. Compares a bit to Boris Diaw in that regard. Good rebounder too. Would add quality depth. Could go anywhere between 35-50.
Casper Ware -the Long Beach State guard is an offensive firecracker. Quick off the dribble with deep range and able to score in hurry from anywhere on the court. Too small to start but could be an intriguing bench scorer in the Earl Boykins-mold. Late 2nd rounder to undrafted.
Reggie Hamilton – the Oakland PG was very productive and is a great shooter. Quick and can get by his man and jump the lane on defense. Strictly a backup PG. Late 2nd round but more likely undrafted. Could open some eyes in the Summer League.
Drew Gordon – arrived at New Mexico after transferring from UCLA. A very good rebounder and athlete that has the skills to step out on the pick and roll. Scores mostly around the rim but has an improving mid-range jumper. A rotation big capable of playing 15-20 a night. Range is somewhere between 35-55.
Zack Novak – the Michigan product is not a NBA player. Possibly brought in to see if he fits into the D-League with Canton and a possible summer league invitee for depth purposes. Undrafted. If any GM selects him on draft night that is grounds for immediate dismissal.